Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Told Ya So: Primary Care edition

We've been beating this particular drum for a while (most recently, here): fewer and fewer folks are interested in becoming part of the primary care provider world. After all, after spending years (and precious dollars) in medical school, why would you opt for the bottom rung of the health care income ladder?

Makes no sense.

In a heartening development, it appears that medical school students are figuring that out, too:

"More than three-quarters of U.S. medical students continue to shun primary care for higher-paying specialties, setting the stage for a shortage of doctors as the population ages and health care expands"

And I would submit that that's a low-ball guesstimate, since the ObamaTax creates more demand and lower reimbursement rates. If one is bright enough to get into medical school, one is probably bright enough to read the writing on that particular wall.

Sleep tight.
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