That is incorrect _ again ( what a surprise eh ? )
The NUMBER of US medical schools ( MD/DO ) has increased quite a bit in the past two decades due to the opening of some 20 Osteopathic medical school now totaling 48, up from ten in the 1980s. There are 140 MD medical schools, a stain number.
The shortage is linked to a decrease in federal funding for the necessary post graduate training spots: i.e. You can't admit a student if there are no residency slots to train them and The number of those slots are shrinking.
There are corollary factors as well but you can't just open a medical school.
Yes US Drs. are well paid in comparison to other countries, and, under a single payor system, US physical wages will come down. BUT in the US, as opposed to other countries, MOST Drs. were no employees, now no longer the case.
TO say FP/GP's 'MAKE" close to $200K is misleading because you are not accounting for the expense side of the equation - ever increasing non- funded mandates, insures etc etc. FP net now decreases annually to the point that primary care will be the realm of Nurse Practitioners in the very near future as MD/DO's no longer can AFFORD to enter the fields. ( see discussions of debt / practice overhead/RVU targets etc.)
The days of million dollar specialists has long been over outside of purely cosmetic based cash only practices and even then that is on the order of 1% of physicians. ( again - making things up as you go long )
And Yes, I had already read the NYT article and much of it's points are valid, but not all. IT's a very superficial look at a much more complex problem. One very strongly advocated solution is to eliminate the debt of graduating medical students - I believe it is now somewhere north of $200K on average.
Simple economic common sense dictates specialty training over primary care in most cases. You invest in a grueling and socially isolating 17 years of schooling and a quarter of a million ( or more with undergrad debt) dollars in loans you cannot be reasonably be expected to take a salaried position that cannot cover your debt and cost of living , raise a family etc....
> Wow, are you people misinformed. There is a
> shortage of doctors BECAUSE US med schools limit
> the number of people who can get in.
> And look at the wages of doctors in the US
> compared to doctors in Europe and Canada. Do you
> people read stuff?
> Doctors in the US are the highest paid in the
> world. By a WIDE MARGIN!!!
> General practitioners in the US make almost 200K.
> In Europe it ranges from 70K to 120K. In the UK it
> is 120K.
> My god are you people misinformed. Why isn't there
> a doctor shortage in the other industrialized
> countries? (Canada and Europe)
> Another problem is too many become specialist and
> not PCP's. Because specialists can make millions
> more than a PCP.
> Here's a good read for people with uninformed
> opinions that are mostly wrong.
> My suggestion, read more, post bullshiite less.