Medical Graduates Per 100,000 Population (2017): 14.5
Nursing Graduates Per 100,000 Population (2017): 21.7
Percent Share of Foreign-Trained Doctors (2017): 9.4%
Percent Share of Foreign-Trained Nurses (2017): 2.1%
(Note: According to OECD, “Medical graduates are defined as students who have graduated from medical schools in a given year.” OECD also notes that data for Austria “include foreign graduates, but other countries may exclude them.”)
Source: OECD (2019), Health at a Glance 2019: OECD Indicators, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/4dd50c09-en.
“A longstanding issue in medical education and training policies in Spain is that the number of medical graduates greatly exceeds the number of available postgraduate specialty training places to allow new graduates to complete their training. This issue highlights the need to improve planning and the criteria for educational authorities to open medical schools, as well as the need for autonomous communities to improve planning and funding of postgraduate training places.
“As a step to reduce the gap between the number of new medical graduates and the number of specialty training places, the number of training places will increase by about 12 % in 2020 (close to 1,000 additional places in absolute numbers), and a particular focus will be on increasing the number
of places in family and community medicine, in response to concerns about shortages of primary care doctors.”
Source: OECD/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (2019), Spain: Country Health Profile 2019, State of Health in the EU, OECD Publishing, Paris/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels.
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Page last updated Oct. 15, 2020 by Doug McVay, Senior Policy Analyst.