Health Manpower in a Developing Economy: Taiwan, a Case Study in Planning

by Timothy D. Baker and Mark Perlman. xi + 203 pages, illustrated. The Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, Maryland. 1967. $6.50

Margaret D. CohnUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

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In rather informal but substantial style, Dr. Baker and Dr. Perlman have drawn a quantitative picture of the present and projected supply and demand of health personnel and facilities in the small but densely populated country of Taiwan. Their surveys are well defined, tabulated, and discussed. They include: an island-wide household survey of personal expenditures; a census of health workers; a joint medical-school entrance examination substudy; a student-attitude survey; and a medical-training institutions survey.

In their discussion, the authors clearly indicate the problems of obtaining accurate income-expenditure data, and point out some of the means by which concerned researchers can overcome the lack of reliable official data in their own survey systems.

The authors employ the multisort analysis of demographic factors contributing to present demand for health services, as a valuable tool in more accurate projection of demand shifts resulting from shifts in population characteristics as well as growth in the next 20 years.

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