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  •  Almost all doctors treat a significant (1+ / 0-)
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    number of medicare patients- if they didn't use such a large portion of our health resources we wouldn't need medicare, right?
    Sorry if I sound annoyed but there is a bottleneck in medical training due to lack of residency programs. New medical schools have opened, physicians are needed but there is a lack of political will to increase residency slots. And yes, I'm in favor of nurse practitioners and P.A.'s handling simpler things to free up doctors' time.

    The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

    by emidesu on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:23:11 AM PDT

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    •  I agree that there should be an increase in (2+ / 0-)
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      residency programs, just the funding should come from the general funds and not the Medicare budget or else those funded by Medicare should be focused on programs for Medicare recipients.

      I have no idea whether Pediatric residency programs, for example, are funded by Medicare but I would hope not.

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 10:25:39 AM PDT

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      •  I've never heard of a residency not (3+ / 0-)
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        being funded by medicare, although I hear you regarding peds. Most residency training takes place in hospitals and patients skew heavily toward seniors. Of course, in my ideal world we'd have medicare for all and none of this would matter.

        The founding fathers knew of the mutually corrupting influences of Church and state, wisely sending them to opposite corners.

        by emidesu on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 11:45:44 AM PDT

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