Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
The WES Report on Internationally Educated Health Professionals in Canada
The report by the World Education Services (WES) about the internationally educated health professionals in Canada was released today. The findings are based on a study of more than 1,700 individuals who were surveyed about their experiences in the Canadian health care system.
In its report, WES revealed that there is a significant shortage of health professionals in Canada. The report found that the majority of health professionals in Canada are foreign-trained. In response to this finding, WES has introduced a report that focuses on the integration of internationally educated health professionals in Canada.
World Education Services introduced a policy brief about the underemployed healthcare professionals in Canada to help researchers and policymakers understand the extent of skill underutilization of internationally educated health professionals (IEHP). According to Statistics Canada, as of 2020, nearly half (47 percent) of all IEHPs in Canada were unemployed or underemployed. As countries around the world fight COVID-19, the policy brief recommends the Canadian government make sure there are enough qualified healthcare providers in sufficient quantities to meet Canada's demands.
Health care in Canada
Health care in Canada is a complex and evolving system that is constantly changing to meet the needs of its citizens. Many different factors contribute to the health care system in Canada, including the government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations.
The health care system in Canada is funded by a mix of public and private sources. The government provides funding for basic health care services through taxation, while the private sector provides supplemental coverage for services not covered by the government. Non-profit organizations also play a vital role in the health care system, providing funding and resources for research and education.
The health care system in Canada is constantly changing to meet the needs of its citizens. Recent changes have included the introduction of new drugs and technologies, the expansion of insurance coverage, and the creation of new regulations.
The role of internationally educated health professionals
There is a growing demand for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) in developed countries. This demand is driven by several factors, including an aging population, a shortage of qualified health professionals, and changing immigration policies.
IEHPs are a vital part of the health care workforce in developed countries and play a critical role in providing high-quality care. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that can benefit patients, families, and communities.
Despite the many benefits of IEHPs, there are still some challenges that need to be addressed. These challenges include language barriers, cultural differences, and the challenge of integrating into the health care system. However, with the right support, IEHPs can overcome these challenges and make a positive impact on the health care system.
Benefits of internationally educated health professionals
There is a growing trend of health professionals seeking training and education abroad. This trend is driven by several factors, including the desire for a more global perspective on health care, the opportunity to learn new skills and technologies, and the challenge of working in a different cultural setting.
There are many benefits to this trend, both for the health professionals themselves and for the countries they return to. Professionals who have been educated abroad often have a better understanding of different cultures and healthcare systems, and they are better equipped to deal with the challenges of a globalized world. They also bring new skills and knowledge back to their home countries, which can benefit the quality of healthcare overall.
Internationally educated health professionals are an increasingly valuable asset in today's world. Their skills and perspective can help to improve the quality of healthcare around the globe.
The WES report provides valuable insights into the situation of internationally educated health professionals in Canada. If you are an internationally educated health professional looking to immigrate to Canada, contact us at Mesidor Canadian Immigration. We can help you navigate the immigration process and ensure that you have the best chance of success.