With the substantial debt incurred by medical students, many are choosing higher
paid specialties than primary care. Funding for class size should also be
accompanied by tuition subsidy for those who enter family practice.
Like so many other things, the problem lies with the greed sitting on the top of
the mountain. Medical schools want to exclude as much as possible so they may
have an excuse to keep tuition super high. Being huge lobbyists, they don't
allow new medical schools to open up or let the existing ones to allow more
students in. Our health care system is one big monopoly. Less
concerned with healing people and more concerned with making profits. What a
@ Real Maverick. If you think we have a shortage of medical doctors now, wait
until Obamacare mandates them lower incomes! What a shame that doctors
won't invest the time and money to work nothing! No profit, no new
medicines. Why would a pharmaceutical company invest millions in research and
launching costs it they will never recoup their investments? Remember when
Hillary mandated drug companies produce certain vaccines below their costs?
Guess what? They didn't manufacture any, did they? Hence we had severe
vaccine shortages and we always will unless they can stay in business and pay
The U should consider investing in more medical students who are likely to stay
in Utah. Unfortunately, the demographic of Utah applicants isn't diverse
enough for U medical school, so they look elsewhere to add diversity to their
class. Many students come from out of state and a good number of those
don't want to stay in Utah - but are happy to get a subsidized medical
education on the backs of Utah taxpayers. Meanwhile, many good applicants from
Utah are being turned down and go to another state for their medical education
and - shocker! - some of them never come back to Utah. It is time for the
Deseret News to run an in-depth article about admission policies at the U. of U.
med school - specifically how applicants of different race, religion, and gender
fare with acceptance. The public deserves to know.
Good point conservative scientist. The major demographic in Utah is not being
represented in the UofU medical school. That is why they won't stay here.
I would be happy to vote for more state funds going to allow more medical
students if they would take more people from Utah.We also have to
get use to seeing more mid-level providers in the family practice setting. They
will and can fill the gap of primary care. They are less expensive to employ
and don't go in as much debt to go to school. You are going to have a hard
time convincing a MD who just spent 15 year in school and is over a quarter of a
million dollars in debt that they now have to make 125,000 dollars a year. I
don't blame them for specializing.It isn't greed "real
maverick", it is getting paid what they are worth. Very few go to school as
long as MD's, get sued as much as MD's or work as hard as MD's.
If there is a shortage of doctors, it is because of the manipulation of doctors
themselves, since the AMA has control over the numbers of internships, medical
schools, etc. In what other profession do the practitioners control their own
licensing boards and exams, their own degree-granting colleges, and the numbers
of competing licenses to be issued? Hint: It's not teaching.
Ten principles guided the AMA as it gained control over the health care industry
in the 1900's. Consider the uproar if teachers tried to exert such tight
control over their own certification and the schools where they work. Consider
changing the words from excerpts of those principles, such as "medical,"
"patient," or "physician," into "education,"
"student," "teacher," etc."All features of
medical service in any method of medical practice should be under the control of
the medical profession. "No other body or individual is legally
or educationally equipped to exercise such control ..."No third
party must be permitted to come between the patient and his physician in any
medical relation ..."All medical phases of all institutions
involved in the medical service should be under professional control ..."These institutions are but expansions of the equipment of the
physician ... "The medical profession alone can determine the
adequacy and character of such institutions ..."There should be
no restrictions on treatment or prescribing not formulated and enforced by the
organized medical profession."
How about reducing liability claims against Doctors? How about reducing all the
paperwork they are forced to do?Let them practice medicine with all this
extra baloney and more will stay with it and more will be encouraged to become