20 Jul 2009

CNMI loses doctors to Guam because of pay difference

12:36 pm on 20 July 2009

In the Northern Marianas, the Medical director of the Commonwealth Health Center, or CHC, says the center has lost a number of medical staff to Guam.

Dr Richard Brostrom has told the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare that its doctors are moving to Guam as wages are better there.

He says the CHC recruits doctors from Canada and the U.S. mainland.

But he says the problem is that doctors from Canada and U.S. are discouraged by the low salary in the CNMI.

He says the 85 US dollars an hour that doctors get should be raised to at least 120 dollars.

Dr Brostrom says the CHC has 25 doctors on staff, but it needs 45 to be effective.