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Old 11-30-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Must be very serious about combating doctor shortage. Anybody interested?
Faced with too few physicians, California offers free medical school - CBS News
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:05 AM
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Interesting program. Maybe more will spring up.
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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Its a poor idea. The problem has to do with how few physicians we educate in this country. We need more medical schools and more slots for physicians in those medical schools. Than there is the issue that too few physicians choose primary care as a specialty. Its simply too lucrative to be a specialist with the way they are reimbursed by insurance.
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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Its a poor idea. The problem has to do with how few physicians we educate in this country. We need more medical schools and more slots for physicians in those medical schools. Than there is the issue that too few physicians choose primary care as a specialty. Its simply too lucrative to be a specialist with the way they are reimbursed by insurance.


Why would anybody want to be a GP or Family Doctor?
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:52 AM
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Its a poor idea. The problem has to do with how few physicians we educate in this country. We need more medical schools and more slots for physicians in those medical schools. Than there is the issue that too few physicians choose primary care as a specialty. Its simply too lucrative to be a specialist with the way they are reimbursed by insurance.
As a health care provider, I think it's a great idea. I also agree with you regarding the need for more doctors, period.

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Why would anybody want to be a GP or Family Doctor?
Well, "primary care" refers to more than GPs (which really don't exist anymore to any great extenet) and Family Practitioners. Primary care is also OBs, pediatricians, internists and maybe a few others. There are advantages and disadvantages to this route vs the specialist route, one big advantage being a shorter residency. Peds and Family Practice are usually 3 years, OB and internal med 4. Most specialties are much longer.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:08 PM
 
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The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton,Pa.did this several years ago when they first opened. I can't remember the details exactly but the entire class rec'd full scholarships. I believe they also did it for the new students the 2nd and 3rd year.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Its a poor idea. The problem has to do with how few physicians we educate in this country. We need more medical schools and more slots for physicians in those medical schools. Than there is the issue that too few physicians choose primary care as a specialty. Its simply too lucrative to be a specialist with the way they are reimbursed by insurance.
The issue is not so much the number of medical school slots as it is the residency slots. It does no good to create more medical school graduates if they have nowhere to finish their training. That is controlled by Congress.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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when obama -socialist care gets rolled out---just a matter of time til they place earning restrictions on drs, and specialists,,, and if they get paid by the efficient government??

what a tangled web we've weaved
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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when obama -socialist care gets rolled out---just a matter of time til they place earning restrictions on drs, and specialists,,, and if they get paid by the efficient government??

what a tangled web we've weaved
Perhaps, if you had bothered to read the topic and the other posts you could have avoided such an off topic and silly post. Hint, if this belongs anywhere its in the politics forum.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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As a health care provider, I think it's a great idea. I also agree with you regarding the need for more doctors, period.



Well, "primary care" refers to more than GPs (which really don't exist anymore to any great extenet) and Family Practitioners. Primary care is also OBs, pediatricians, internists and maybe a few others. There are advantages and disadvantages to this route vs the specialist route, one big advantage being a shorter residency. Peds and Family Practice are usually 3 years, OB and internal med 4. Most specialties are much longer.
I'm saying its a poor idea because I don't believe there is any shortage of people applying to medical school. Therefore, I don't see how this idea will increase the number of doctors.

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The issue is not so much the number of medical school slots as it is the residency slots. It does no good to create more medical school graduates if they have nowhere to finish their training. That is controlled by Congress.
Thank you for educating me about what appears to be a serious problem. According to this article from the American Academy of Family Practice the number of students going to medical school has substantially increased since 2002. However, there appears to be a serious problem increasing the number of medical residencies available for new physicians. There are many structural barriers that the system is struggling to overcome to create more slots more resident physicians. I agree we can't solve a problem like a shortage of primary care physicians if no way exists to train these additional doctors for primary care specialties.

http://www.aafp.org/news-now/educati...nrollment.html
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