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Health-care brain drain: Why doctors, nurses left Canada


As Canada faces a severe shortage of nurses and doctors, the federal government recently announced measures to attract more health-care professionals in underserved regions, especially rural and remote areas.


In mid-February, the government announced it is increasing student loan debt relief for rural doctors and nurses by 50 per cent.


Canada is expected to face significant labour shortages in general practitioners and family physicians across the country from 2022 to 2031, according to data from the federal government. The data shows Canada has fewer doctors per capita than most OECD countries, which may hurt the ability of Canadians to receive timely care.


Are you a doctor, nurse or health-care professional who has weighed leaving Canada? If you did leave, why did you decide to make the move? How could Canada improve its system to entice more health-care professionals to stay in Canada?


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