Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Interesting idea

The NYT opinion page posted a proposal to make med school free, and then charge for specialty training, as a way of increasing interest in primary care. The idea being fiscally neutral since the government already pays for all US residency; it would just mean shifting orders and priorities. Seeing as increased access to primary care lowers overall costs, this idea could actually end up saving considerable amounts in healthcare spending. It is a fascinating idea. The more I think about it, the more I like it. While a possible genius idea, the realist in me realizes that the fine United States government would never approve such a socialist plan, even if it would help to increase access to quality primary care and neutralize the ever-increasing-although-already-exorbitant healthcare spending.

Maybe I should just move to the UK? Or the Netherlands?

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