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Martin Odber

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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 17 2013: In Australia the entry score for studying medicine is something like 97%. I believe that is too high a score and we miss many studying. Something a bit lower like 94%.

    I believe it is not just the academic score that makes a good doctor, other things like not believing the drug companies, not taking their gifts or research overseas trips etc. commonsense and experience maketh a doctor.

    The fact it takes something like 6 years is a long time to survive without pay, so are we excluding those brilliant people with 97% but not the wealthy parents to support them thru study ? Definitely a percentage of students should be subsidized.

    Often when I go to the doctor I do not need a doctor, and could well do with a Practice nurse. My doctor's regular nurse (she is not a Nurse Practitioner which is extra study on a nurse) is often better advised than my doctor and I often seek her input too.

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