Human Capital Flight ( Hcf )

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Introduction Human capital flight (HCF) or what is popularly referred to as brain drain has acquired a prominent status in the globalized context of work especially in the last twenty years among health care professionals. This prominence is as a result of global shortages in the supply of health professional (Chibango, 2013; Clark, Stewart, & Clark, 2006). The shortage has exposed the crisis inherent in global health systems. The advent of the new international economic order facilitated by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the 1980s has created a borderless world in the movement of global finance, goods and services and labour and has further given impetus to migration of skilled workers, especially health workers globally. Health care professionals include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, radiologists and other specialists in the field of medicine and allied disciplines. It has been identified that migration of health professionals is not only from less affluent to more affluent countries but among poor countries and among wealthy countries (Clark, et al. 2006). The trend of migration has though, been reported to be more from less developed countries to more developed countries with countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany as preferred destination countries (Connell, Zurn, Stilwell, Awases, & Braichet, 2007; Hagopian et al., 2005). I see brain drain of health professionals as the emigration of

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