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US has oversupply of doctors

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7026.269 (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:269
  1. Fred B Charatan

    The US has far too many doctors, and immediate steps must be taken to cut the number of junior doctors, said a committee from the Institute of Medicine last week. The institute, in Washington DC, is a non-profit making organisation that provides health policy advice under a charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences.

    “In the past two decades the number of physicians has grown one and a half times the rate of the general population, increasing from 150 per 100000 people in 1970 to 245 in 1992,” …

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