Posted 13 December 2005 - 02:51 PM
Well, the US is having more of an issue with doctors than they want to admit. Most doctors work in research and don't practice, so if you're just given the number of doctors here it's a rather skewed number. Many are leaving because they don't want to get sued or their malpactice insurance is so high. Here in Ohio we're having a real shortage of OB/GYN because the laws are so frustating and doctors are getting sued so much over things they couldn't help (sorry, but if you're child is born with fetal alcohol syndrome or something similar it is NOT your doctors fault!!! They also can't help most birth defects or some types of birth trauma).
Also, a lot of people look at the salary docs here bring in, but they fail to look at either the hours those docs are working or the amount that gets taken out in malpractice insurance. Also, medicare and medicaide are so bad that doctors lose money every time they treat one of those patients. That's right - the doctors is effectivly paying to treat someone.
Personally, I hate that medicine is becoming a business. It seems here that wealth determines medical entitlement half the time, which is simply wrong. If I get into medical school, I fully well intend to donate some of my time providing medicine to people who can't afford it.
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