Government to ease licensing process for immigrant doctors, nurses

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Jerusalem Post, November 11, 2008 Easier conditions for professional licensing are now being offered to immigrant doctors and nurses by the Absorption and Health ministries, which are well aware of the looming shortage of medical professionals. There are now only 3.5 physicians per 1,000 Israelis, down from one of the highest rates in the world in the 1990s, when masses of new immigrant doctors arrived from the former Soviet Union. In addition, there are only 5.8 nurses per 1,000 Israelis - the lowest figure in a decade. ... Government