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Can the shortage of doctors be solved using an adaptation of the third law of supply and demand?

The third law of supply and demand states "If demand remains unchanged and supply increases, a surplus occurs, leading to a lower equilibrium price."
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supply_and_demand )

If we increased the rate of new doctors entering medicine (using mechanisms such as but not limited to; subsidizing doctors education, further compartmentalizing aspects of health care etc ) until we reached a surplus state then would waiting times and the cost of healthcare go down accordingly?

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    Sep 13 2013: Martin,

    You choose to hear what you want to hear. I love how anything I suggest becomes an "extremist viewpoint." Suggesting that too many abuse the health care system means that they have some form of hypochondria is more far reaching rhetoric. Furthermore your reference point of 1-14% is hardly conclusive with a range that goes from 1% all the way up to 14%. In addition you decided to use three examples of a hangnail, a cold sore, and a scratch to further your debate which is really what is preposterous in this entire exchange.

    "The majority of people seek medical attention when they are in need of it.
    I looked it up."

    Thank goodness you looked it up, your credibility is impeccable.

    The difference between you and the one's you debate is that you have decided what your stance is and will do anything, dishonest or not, to prove it. When you see things that may contradict your viewpoint, you throw them out which is not objective. I liken you to a scientist that has a theory that the sky actually isn't blue, so in order to prove that, you'll reject each experiment that proves the sky is in fact blue, and then twist and cherry pick other experiments that might slightly prove your point. In other words facts and objectivity don't interest you in the least bit. Knowing the facts or not knowing the facts never changes your opinion on this subject or any other for that matter.

    Tell you what, you go research the percentage of unemployed doctors in Canada and get back to me, knowing that if you cherry pick, twist, or distort, I'll be calling you out on it.
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      Sep 13 2013: Statistics Canada

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        Sep 13 2013: Really? I just Googled it, and there is one article after another about it, particularly specialists. What your site is saying is that it doesn't have the data. Are you suggesting that canada.gc.ca has active data on all doctors and residents in real time throughout the entire country? mw
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          Sep 14 2013: If you have information to present, please present it. The more I consider that there are unemployed doctors in Canada, the more I find myself intrigued.

          In fact, one website seems to suggest there are not enough openings in specific fields.
          It does not seem to conclude whether this is due to lack of funding for the services (as one of our fellow contributors suggested) or a lack of people needing the service.
          http://www.cbc.ca/whitecoat/blog/2012/09/27/unemployed-doctors/index.html

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