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To: CutePuppy
I'm trying to recall a Clintoon policy which CLOSED MEDICAL Schools... and I expected this shortage!

Anybody else remember that, or was it a dream?

11 posted on 11/15/2012 1:47:16 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: WVKayaker
"I'm trying to recall a Clintoon policy which CLOSED MEDICAL Schools... and I expected this shortage!

Anybody else remember that, or was it a dream?

About 20 years ago, there was an absolute cap placed on the number of Medicare-funded resident training positions in US hospitals. Since the number of residency positions was historically greater than the number of US medical school graduates, the difference was made up by foreign medical school graduates in the past. The number of US medical school graduates has been increasing since then, so the number of residency positions that are offered to foreign medical school graduates (and that are necessary to complete before the doctor can be licensed) is getting very small.

I think the statistic is that about 1/3 of US physicians are age 55 or above and so have already retired, are going to retire, are cutting back their hours, or at least aren't going to be expanding their practices.

I'm pretty sure that I've posted remarks about the physician supply problem since the Obamacare debate began (as have many others). Since it took 20 years for the gov't to create the problem, at best it would take them 20 years to undo the problem. (Think "Veterans Administration", "Post Office" and "FEMA"!)

But first, they must understand that there is a problem, which they don't. "Physician extenders" -- Nurse Practitioners and Physician's Assistants -- have been used for years, but the educational requirements are much less rigorous, and IMO the quality just isn't there.

My only advice is, "don't get sick". The only people who will do well under Obamacare are malpractice lawyers.

35 posted on 11/15/2012 4:20:35 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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