Interesting story in the WaPost this morning on the shortage of primary care physicians, and the likelihood that the problem will worsen with any program designed to put more of the 46 million "uninsured" into the system.
Does anyone believe greater government play in the system is going to solve this problem? If anything, more government will likely move things the other way, and here's why.
Let's face it...being a doctor just ain't what it used to be. Doctors used to be independent contractors, independent owners/practitioners etc running a business as a partnership or LLC. Now, most work for corporations/hospital systems, and they abide by corporate pay-scales. That is, as these corporations have sought to control costs, they have sought to control compensation. Big government getting more involved will exert even more negative pressure on the compensation system. Lower wages (or the perception thereof) combined with what is still a grinding system of education and training for MD's will invariably result in an exacerbated shortage.