But the truth of the matter is that there is no oversupply of health care providers; in fact, just the opposite is true. An article appearing in the July 27th issue of the Washington Times stated that, “U. physicians fresh out of their residencies are being riddled with job offers.” The article continues, “Two-thirds of young doctors receive at least 50 job offers during their residencies and almost 50 percent receive more than 100.” The U. has approximately 120 medical schools that each average about 100 admissions a year. Some medical schools will have over 10,000 applications this year.
Unfortunately, many of our best and brightest students will never make it into medical school. Davis Medical School admitted 100 students each year; they now admit 93.
What is surprising is that none of the current health care proposals make any effort to deal with the supply of health care providers.
The demand for health care services is indeed increasing significantly in America.
The first two factors on this list are widely discussed in the media, but the last two are largely ignored.
Most commentators have discussed the impact of an aging population on the demand for medical care.Yes, everyone knows that health care costs are going through the roof, but do we really understand why? The reduced supply creates shortages and price increases.I doubt that one person in 100 really understands why costs are out of control, but most of these people think they have a solution anyway. Instead of retiring doctors, what if could magically double the number of well trained and qualified physicians?We will also look at the experiences of other industrialized nations that have tried systems very similar to what is being proposed in America. While this is certainly not a comprehensive list, it covers the causes most frequently identified by “experts” on all sides of the political fence.A good physician never prescribes medicine without first giving the patient a complete examination. If this list does reflect the major causes of rising health care costs (which I believe it does), then any real “solution” to the health care crisis must address most, if not all, of these problems.Instead of increasing medical school enrollment, some medical schools have actually reduced the number of annual admissions. As our population has grown larger and older, our supply of trained doctors, nurses, and other professionals has not kept up with the increased demand.It should come as no surprise that health care costs are rising.As medical science enables us to live longer, it also increases the number of years that we consume medical care.It should be obvious that the elderly generally consume more medical care services than the young.Conversely, it is the disabled and elderly who will suffer the most from a bad system.In this series of articles, we will attempt to go past the political game-playing and look at the real causes and solutions of our health care woes.