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Among the many hurdles facing President Barack Obama's plan to revamp the nation's health care system is a shortage of primary care physicians — those legions of overworked doctors who provide the front line of medical care for both the sick and those hoping to stay healthy.
As Massachusetts' experience shows, extending health care to 50 million uninsured Americans will only further stress the system and could force many of those newly insured back into costly emergency rooms for routine care if they can't find a primary care doctor, health care observers said.
"It's like giving everyone free bus passes, but there are only two buses," said Dr. Ted Epperly, president of the Kansas-based American Academy of Family Physicians.
Originally posted by jdub297
reply to post by ghaleon12
The AMA doesn't run schools or license doctors. States do. Private universities do.
AMA is a professional organization you join AFTER you've become a doctor. You don't have to join at all.
Trust me, the Univ. of TX medical system (several schools across the state) could take a LOT more studnets if they had QUALIFIED applicants.
There is ALREADY a shortage of basic-care doctors. If we add "47 million unisured," who's gonna treat them?
Critics of the American Medical Association, including economist Milton Friedman, have asserted that the organization acts as a guild and has attempted to increase physicians' wages and fees limit by influencing limitations on the supply of physicians and non-physician competition. In Free to Choose, Friedman said "The AMA has engaged in extensive litigation charging chiropractors and osteopaths with the unlicensed practice of medicine, in an attempt to restrict them to as narrow an area as possible." Profession and monopoly, a book published in 1975 is critical of the AMA for limiting the supply of physicians and inflating the cost of medical care in the United States. The book claims that physician supply is kept low by the AMA to ensure high pay for practicing physicians. It states that in the United States the number, curriculum, and size of medical schools are restricted by state licensing boards controlled by representatives of state medical societies associated with the AMA. The book is also critical of the ethical rules adopted by the AMA which restrict advertisement and other types of competition between professionals. It points out that advertising and bargaining can result in expulsion from the AMA and legal revocation of licenses. The book also states that before 1912 the AMA included uniform fees for specific medical procedures in its official code of ethics. The AMA's influence on hospital regulation was also criticized in the book. The AMA and other industry groups predicted an over-supply of doctors, and worked to limit the number of new doctors. But recently, the AMA has changed its position, predicting a doctor shortage instead. 
The AMA and other industry groups predicted an over-supply of doctors, and worked to limit the number of new doctors. But recently, the AMA has changed its position, predicting a doctor shortage instead.
the number, size and curriculum of MEDICAL SCHOOLS is restricted by state licensing boards controlled by representatives of state medical societies associated with the AMA.
our freedom has been eroded and our affluence undermined through the explosion of laws, regulations, agencies and spending in Washington.