Caribbean losing its nurses
Miami Herald, April 7, 2008
Jamaica has launched free healthcare for all adults at most state-run hospitals, and the move immediately reignited a long-standing debate about the nation's shortage of nurses. The problem is being felt throughout the Caribbean as specialized and trained nurses emigrate to other countries for better compensation and opportunities. Statistics show the country loses approximately 400 nurses through migration to developed countries and the cost of training these nurses is estimated at $15-$20 million annually.