What is it about?

In this article, we explore how Indonesia encourages its nurses to work in other countries, like Japan, and the problems this can create at home. While sending nurses abroad can benefit Indonesia, it also leaves our own healthcare system short of skilled workers. We discuss the tricky balance between helping our nurses find good jobs abroad and making sure we have enough healthcare workers at home. We also suggest a policy to make this balance work better and follow global rules about fair nurse migration.

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Why is it important?

Our work dives into the complex challenge faced by Indonesia - encouraging nurses to work abroad while maintaining healthcare quality at home. What makes this timely and unique is the focus on the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. It's a real-world example of how countries balance their own healthcare needs with the rights of their nurses to work elsewhere. Our policy proposal suggests a way to make this balance work better, which could set an example for other countries facing similar issues. This practical approach is relevant and has the potential to impact healthcare systems worldwide, making it a must-read for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in global health.


The proposed policy suggestions could potentially serve as a model for other countries facing similar dilemmas, and this work underscores the need for a global conversation on ethical and practical considerations in healthcare worker migration. It's a valuable contribution to the ongoing dialogue on how to address these challenges while upholding the rights and well-being of healthcare professionals and patients alike.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: IJEPA: Gray Area for Health Policy and International Nurse Migration, Nursing Ethics, September 2015, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0969733015602052.
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