I think many, if not most on FR, saw this coming.
Had a conversation with my veterinarian a few weeks ago. He said that Congress passed a law (when, name?) which mandated that 50% of all medical school slots for new students had to be reserved for females. Yet many, if not most, of these women, took time off to raise their families, and few women doctors ever establish a business practice - both which contribute heavily to the physician shortage. He went on to say that 1 out of 4 physicians in the U.S. today went to medical school outside of the U.S., i.e., they immigrated to the U.S. He went on to say that the veterinary schools were having a problem getting enough male students these days.
This is America, we used to have a free market where owners of businesses decided on the price of their products and services. I don’t think students will make the choice to be doctors if they are forced to have less freedom than the local Air conditioner man or mechanic.
There was a story posted here within the last month or so about the NHS in England having a problem in that a lot of their female doctors only want to work part-time, so effectively they have to push two students through med school in order to have one full-time-equivalent doctor.
In veterinary medicine, the majority of students have been female for several decades, and few of them want to go through the trouble of establishing a clinic; most of them just want to work part-time for an established clinic, run (normally) by a guy.