Medicine: Curing the Doctor Shortage

It usually takes at least eight years before a U.S. college graduate can practice medicine on his own. As a result, the world's best medical training has a serious flaw: the U.S. has only one physician for every 650 people, compared with the Soviet ratio of one to 400 and the Italian figure of one to 580. One out of 50 Americans has no access to a doctor under any circumstances. To cure the shortage, the nation's chief health officer, Dr. Roger Egeberg, prescribes an immediate injection of 50,000 new physicians —a 15% increase in those now...

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