The United States Government Weeds Out Doctors
An agency within the Department of Health and Human Services intends to pay New York hospitals not to train any more new doctors. Officials claim they want to do away with a surplus of doctors throughout the nation and save money.
The plan was devised by officials of the Greater New York Hospital Association, a powerful lobbying group, and approved by the Health Care Financing Administration -- the agency that disperses Medicare funds.
Hospital executives around the nation expressed concern that the government was playing favorites with New York hospitals because of their political connections. The president of the Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital was quoted as saying, "How can we get in on it?"
Source: Elisabeth Rosenthal, "U. S. to Pay New York Hospitals Not to Train Doctors, Easing Glut," New York Times, February 18, 1997.
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