May 13th, 2009
09:24 AM ET

We don’t need more doctors

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Clayton Christensen, Jason Hwang and Vineeta Vijayaraghavan
Special to CNN

Vowing not to "continue down the same dangerous road" of rising health care costs, President Obama announced on Monday a coalition for reform that included some of health care's most powerful stakeholders.

But what is not yet clear is whether this latest attempt to fix the health care system will in fact introduce fundamental change, or simply proceed down another well-trodden road that delivers more of the same.

For example, the urgent need for more doctors, particularly primary care providers, has been raised by the president and other administration officials.

The Association of American Medical Colleges advocates a 30 percent increase in medical school enrollment to produce 5,000 more doctors a year, and one provision in the White House plan would redistribute payments from specialists to primary care doctors to improve pay equity.

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