This HND piece examines the tragic--and quite purposeful--devaluation of the healing arts. It's no accident that physicians became "providers," and that the universe of providers itself became parsed out into mid-level and lower designations.
All of this, allegedly, is to save money. Clearly, though, it's not working since the US still spends way more for health care, to produce worse results, than any other first world country. How come no one seems to care about saving money on, say, athletes--who are catered to and subsidized for their entire lives?
These days, the docs are saddled with huge debt, and emerge into a health care system where the compensation has dropped drastically. If they're lucky, they'll pay off their debts in around ten years. Run the numbers, and they'd be better off learning a construction trade.
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