Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Doctors Can't Get Licenses in Time - Hospital Funding in Question

My opinion: Though this may be a problem now, it will likely be an even bigger issue in the future.  Since more and more physicians are needed, and there will be a point where the government has to put more focus into administering medical licenses, or patients will be forced to wait even longer for appointments.  Either the government can spend more money on their staff, or they might be able to cut out some red tape.  Or, since budgeting is such a huge issue today, the hospitals can help pay.  But that's probably not going to happen.  Ultimately, it probably isn't their fault that this is happening, so maybe they shouldn't have to pay.  Then again, with all the money they seem to have, I wouldn't be surprised if they could.  So how should hospitals foot the bill in administrative situations such as this?  Should they at all?  Is there any area in which they may not be paying enough?  Feel free to comment.

From: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/18057355-418/2800-students-could-be-delayed-in-getting-licenses-to-work-as-medical-residents.html

A fight over funding for a state regulatory agency could strain academic medical centers this summer if there’s a delay in roughly 2,800 students getting the license necessary to work as medical residents.
A $9.6 million budget gap forced the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation — which licenses and disciplines doctors — to lay off 18 of its 26 medical unit employees in January. Two competing bills in the state Legislature aim to fill the gap, and pit House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and the department against the Illinois State Medical Society.

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