Graduation Year

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Anthropology

Major Professor

Nancy Romero-Daza, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Kevin Yelvington, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Heide Castañeda, Ph.D.

Keywords

health, medical migration, policy, education, Ecuador

Abstract

Despite an increase in the number of Ecuadorian medical professionals, health

outcomes in rural areas of the country have steadily declined over the

past decade. Using a political economic framework and data collected

from interviews with Ecuadorian doctors, government officials, policy makers, and

local rural populations, this thesis investigates how the interplay

among medical migration, educational structures, and public health

policy contributes to growing health disparities between urban and rural dwellers.

Addressing each of these factors both individually and collectively, this thesis also

outlines a series of policy recommendations that will allow the Ecuadorian

healthcare system to better meet the needs of its rural population.

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