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Old Today, 03:03 PM
 
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In one way you are incorrect. The shortage is being caused by the way our medical schools and nursing programs are run. They limit the applicants and then limit the number of graduates.
Not arguing, but I'd like to see a reliable cite on that.
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Old Today, 03:25 PM
 
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In one way you are incorrect. The shortage is being caused by the way our medical schools and nursing programs are run. They limit the applicants and then limit the number of graduates. If they would open these programs up, there would be no need for these foreign health care workers. The ability to bring in them adds In addressing this problem and in fact does restrict wages as well as possible solutions to our health care mess.
As I understand it, the problem is that federal funding for GME has not been expanded in 20 years so while medical schools have been admitting more students there aren't enough residencies for them. Maybe what needs to be done is allow physicians to become licensed without a residency. The other problem is the 'draw' of high paying specialties keep students from becoming pediatricians or GP's which is where the physician shortage is. My cousin is an RN and she said the problem is not that schools try to restrict the number of students but that there is a severe shortage of nurse educators because that job pays less than other nursing jobs.
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