Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fewer Family Doctors

One of the problems with America's healthcare system is it's focused on acute care, the most expensive stage, rather than prevention and early detection which is the least expensive phase. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians only about 8% of medical school seniors are choosing family medicine today compared to 17.3% just ten years ago. The reason is they can make as much as $100,000 less than their more specialized counterparts.

We need to change our financial rewards for doctors for the benefit of society as a whole. It's the only way we're going to reduce our cost of healthcare which is the most expensive in the world.

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