The news is awash this week with stories of foreign doctors unable to find medical work in New Zealand – because, says the Medical Council, there are enough local doctors already, thank you very much.
Which leads to an obvious question:
Are the rules around licensing designed to protect doctors’ patients? Or to protect doctors’ salaries?
Foreign doctors have to sit a local exam before being allowed to practice. The local Medical Council limits entry to foreign doctors by limiting the number of examinations it offers.
As Eric Crampton’s post makes abundantly clear,
It’s the tip of a whole series of policy directions which control the health sector’s workforce and make little sense except from a rent-seeking perspective.