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Jakarta Post

RI to export more healthcare workers despite shortage at home

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 7 2012   /  01:44 pm

With demand increasing for skilled healthcare workers in rich countries, Indonesia says it will send more healthcare professionals abroad, despite domestic needs.

Tari Tritarayati, director of the Health Human Resources Management and Planning Center at the Health Ministry, said on Friday that the government was considering sending more healthcare professionals, ranging from nurses to specialist doctors abroad as requested by several countries.

“We have received many requests for healthcare professionals from nurses to doctors. Many requests for doctors and even specialist doctors come from Middle Eastern countries, especially Saudi Arabia,” she said.

According to ministry data, the number of healthcare professionals requested by foreign countries will reach 13,000 by 2014 and 22,500 by 2025.

Nurses are the most wanted healthcare professionals, followed b...