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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: I return with some current events concerning the developments I mentioned:

    Regarding the efficiency and accuracy of tests: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324123004579055003869574012.html

    Regarding diagnoses:
    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-02/11/ibm-watson-medical-doctor

    Digital tests and digital diagnosis seems, at the basic level, like problem solved.
    • Sep 21 2013: I read your article regarding Watson, and found it puzzling. It is not clear what Watson offers in diagnosing, say lung cancer. The intellectual track in lung cancer diagnosis is simple: Pt. presents with a symptom such as cough, and gets a chest X-ray. The xray is abnormal, and a CT is performed. The CT shows an abnormality, and a biopsy is performed. That's it. Where would a computer fit in? It cannot read the chest X-ray, nor the CT, nor can it perform the biopsy. It may help in deciding when to order the chest X-ray, but that is mostly a human question wherein the physician has to figure out what the patient really means in their complaint. My experience with computer assistance is that it simply slows one down by adding another layer of things to check.

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