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Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Mar-Apr;24(2):527-35.

Medical school tuition and young physicians' indebtedness.

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Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC, USA. pjolly@aamc.org

Abstract

Medical school tuition and medical student debt have increased dramatically during the past two decades, but loans are available on favorable terms, which makes it possible for students without personal or family means to get a medical education. As an investment, medical education is an excellent choice; its net present value is more than a million dollars. Cost is nevertheless a strong deterrent to potential applicants, especially minority applicants. If tuition and indebtedness continue to increase while physician incomes do not, there may come a time when only the wealthy can finance a medical education, and medical schools may have increasing difficulty recruiting qualified students.

PMID:
15757940
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.24.2.527
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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