Less is more: Dartmouth argues against more doctors

This group has been championing the “less healthcare” for awhile. Here is what they say in the NY Times:

The association of medical colleges has argued that increasing the doctor supply overall can remedy regional shortages. But in the past 20 years, as the number of doctors per capita grew by more than 50 percent, according to our measurements, most of the new ones settled in areas where the supply was already above average “” places like Florida or New York “” rather than in regions that lack doctors, like the rural South. Medical training is an expensive business, and it makes little sense to waste additional public dollars to perpetuate doctors’ preference to live in affluent places.

By training more doctors than we need, we will continue to fill more hospital beds, order more diagnostic tests “” in short, spend more money.

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