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What's the greatest challenge facing the American health care system?!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jessica37, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. Jessica37

    Jessica37 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2002
    What's the greatest challenge facing the American health care system?!

    I know this questions comes up a lot in interviews and sometimes on secondaries. I've picked my brain about this question and wanted to see what you guys came up with too. Right now, I'm thinking HMO's because they deny a lot of critical medical procedures. Doctors hands are soon going to be tied (if they're not already!). Thanks for the input!
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  3. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    What about the crisis in many states over malpractice premiums. . . this is a MAJOR problem that affects us in a major way.

    Also the controversy and recent legislation over limiting residents' work hours -- the hospital accreditation assn (I can't remember the real name) recently passed provisions for an 80 hour workweek and 24 hr max shifts. . .
  4. DW

    DW Fix me some sandwiches Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    also, maldistribution in the physician workforce..i.e. more needless specialties in affluent areas than primary practitioners in poorer neighborhoods leading to severe disparities in quality of care. Read up on recent stuff the institute of medicine has published.
  5. Olanzapine

    Olanzapine Banned Banned

    Apr 28, 2002
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    cost of healthcare, keeps rising faster then gdp.
  6. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
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    Moving to The Everyone Forum...

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