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Published: Saturday, March 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

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.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

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 shame

Hayden, ID

@ 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 their expenses!

conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

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.

Murray, Utah

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.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

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.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

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."

Powell, OH

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 Doctors.

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