Here's a bit of an intresting topic. I think the way medicare operates could artifically inflate the shortage of doctors we have. a few reasons 1) It limits all healthcare related problems to MD or eqvalent degrees, although there are other LIGITIMATE allied health care professionals who could provide service on a similar level or even better leven than a MD could. (I'm not talking about 'alternative medicine' that's on it's own) 2) It makes the system easy to abuse, people go see doctors for the smallest things, making people who have ligitimate problems have to wait. 3) Some doctors are in it for the money, so those who dont' like to be regulated by medicare, move down to the US for more $$$ 4) Since the government controls the spending, the potential to get newer equipment and to hire more physicians depends on the budget a hospital gets from the government. (this might not be totally 100% true, but I belive it's partially) Any other thoughts?