Health workers are the cornerstone of health systems, playing a central role in providing
health services to the population and improving health outcomes. The demand and supply
of health workers have increased over time in all OECD countries, with jobs in the
health and social sector accounting for more than 10% of total employment now in several
OECD countries. This publication reviews key trends and policy priorities on health
workforce across OECD countries, with a particular focus on doctors and nurses given
the preeminent role that they have traditionally played in health service delivery.
Note: Chapter 3 and Chapter 6 have benefited from financial support from the European Commission. The contents of these chapters are the sole responsibility of the OECD and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.
Country FACT SHEETS: MEDICAL EDUCATION AND NURSING EDUCATION