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The Problem Of The Shortage of Doctors

Posted by: William Cirignani
August 21, 2007
Topic: Consumer Rights And Medical Malpractice Reform

Doctor shortage is real.  The reasons for the shortage are in dispute.  The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published the findings of a new study that brings fresh light on the issue.  The study identified policies instituted in the mid-nineties by the medical community as the main culprit of shortages.  Based on faulty predictions regarding general and aging population growth, the medical community recommended freezes on on medical school slots, caps on residency slots, and cuts in residency funding.

(Looming Shortage of Physicians Rasies Concern About Access To Care, available for purchase at: http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/297/10/1045)


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