Study on professional mobility and health systems presented at Hungarian EU Presidency meeting

At the occasion of the informal meeting of health ministers (Gödöllő, 4-5 April 2011), where the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has put health professionals’ mobility on the agenda, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, in partnership with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, is presenting a new study on this issue. This volume draws on the first results of a research project funded by the European Union (EU) on health professional mobility in the EU (PROMeTHEUS) that started in 2009. Based on evidence provided by 17 country case studies, the study looks into the scope of health professionals’ migration in the EU, both in terms of the flows and the reliance on foreign health professionals. The study also provides a better understanding of the underlying push and pull factors, the impact on health systems and the policies to address the related problems.