What is it about?

In this study, we wanted to figure out what would encourage health students in Indonesia to work in remote areas where there aren't enough healthcare workers. We talked to 400 health students and found that they have different preferences. Medical students were more interested in getting help with their studies, nursing students cared a lot about their salary, and midwifery students wanted better facilities. So, to get more health workers to these remote areas, we need to offer a mix of things like good management, study support, and better facilities, not just more money. This will help us solve the problem of not having enough health workers in these hard-to-reach places.

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Why is it important?

Our research is unique as it addresses the pressing issue of a healthcare worker shortage in remote Indonesian areas. It's timely because we emphasize that attracting health students isn't just about higher salaries; it's also about good management and better facilities. This fresh perspective can guide policymakers and institutions in crafting effective strategies. Our work is valuable to policymakers, educators, and healthcare professionals seeking solutions to this challenge.


This publication is crucial as it addresses the shortage of healthcare workers in remote areas, a challenge faced globally. By understanding the preferences of health students, it offers valuable insights for policymakers. It emphasizes that solutions go beyond salaries to create an attractive work environment. This perspective is vital for effective strategies to improve healthcare access in remote regions.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: How to attract health students to remote areas in Indonesia: a discrete choice experiment, The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, May 2015, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2289.
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