Letters Sub-Saharan brain drain

Realities of medicine in South Africa lie behind its brain drain

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e201 (Published 10 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e201
  1. Thinus van Rensburg, general practitioner1
  1. 1Tillyard Drive Medical Practice, Charnwood, ACT 2615, Australia
  1. tvren{at}ozemail.com.au

The often stated claims about the huge amounts of money that sub-Saharan countries spend on training doctors only to lose them to “poachers” from developed countries is misleading at best and dishonest at worst.1

Tertiary education in South Africa is extremely expensive for students, and medicine is one of the most expensive courses. In most cases the only option …

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