The 15,000 Doctor Gap

Source: Association of American Medical Colleges.

Sarah Kliff discusses causes and solutions.

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  1. EBC says:

    After reading Kliff’s article, it seems to me that we need to create more residency slots. Allowing/training other medical professionals to offer more basic services seems like a good idea but it doesn’t seem to fix the root problem. We need more doctors. With a demographic bulge headed towards the healthcare system, we should get started on putting these applicants to use and reducing the “jaws of death” ASAP.

  2. Studebaker says:

    Liberals don’t have a problem with that chart. Waiting lines due to resource constraints is an acceptable means to ration care in a socialized, universal coverage scheme. Besides, it’s supposedly unethical for the United States to allow foreign-trained medical graduates from countries like, say, Africa, to immigrate here. Supposedly, those graduates are supposed to stay and provide care in their respective countries’ public health care systems in return for a modest government salary of $10 to $15 per month in hospitals devoid of supplies (most of which were donated by rich countries and stolen by the corrupt bureaucracy). Moreover, we’re not supposed to poach doctors from rich countries that have a national health service.

  3. Andrew O says:

    Interesting article. Did not know that residency programs were diminishing in proportion to the amount of medical student graduates. To me it seems like medical doctors will have to decrease in numbers and leave certain practices to PAs and Nurse Practicioners, as mentioned in the article. Moreover, preventative health care by other health types of health professionals ought to increase for the need of MD’s to decrease.

  4. Gabriel Odom says:

    I agree with Linda Green (full disclosure, I am a mathematician.) on this one. I see this as an excellent opportunity to push for more comparative advantage in the medical workplace. Hire more PAs, NPs, AAs, and others to specialise in the medical field. If I only have the flu, I don’t need a full MD – hell, I probably can get by with an RN.

  5. Peterson says:

    I love the idea that Gabriel is proposing. However, if I’m paying $100 at the doctors office now, and I’m seeing an MD, I do not want to pay $100 and see a PA or nurse. Prices need to be reflective of the level of expertise the healthcare professional has obtained.