8 Jun 2012

American Samoa looks to Philippines for doctors

7:54 am on 8 June 2012

The LBJ Medical Center in American Samoa is looking to the Philippines to fill the local need for qualified physicians and medical professionals.

The hospital's chief executive officer Mike Gerstenberger says the Philippines is one of the few places where LBJ can attract health care professionals, as American Samoa pays more than the Philippines, and it has an excess of physicians.

He says that whenever he can find enough money and convince local immigration to let a doctor in, the Philippines is one of the first places he looks to.

Mr Gerstenberger says he said he can't hire from the mainland because of the high salaries offered in the U.S. compared to what LBJ can offer.