Free medical school for students who choose primary care?

That’s a step in the right direction, and something a few institutions are trying.

Prospective doctors who graduate in excess of $200,000 in debt find the allure of a specialist salary too enticing to pass up. As this commenter notes, even if medical school were free to generalist physicians, “choosing to specialize can easily result in lifetime earnings $10 million higher than choosing primary care.”

Contrary to what Dr. Parks says, it’s not either this or “increasing the remuneration by a certain percentage points on office visit billing codes.”

We need to do both, and even then, it may not be enough to save primary care.

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