Originally Posted by jlousa
I have to somewhat agree with the above poster, the shortage is due to inefficiency, wether or not it's self created by the unions to drive up wages I can only speculate. The fact remains, we as a country outspend almost every country in the world yet our QoS is dropping quickly. It should be obvious that something isn't working. throwing more of the same at it to see if it fixes it won't be the solution, hmm didn't we try that somewhere else with terrible results. I'm not going to assume I know what the solution is, as this is so far off my line of work, but I have no doubt there are people out there that could fix the problem but aren't being allowed.
Well you could argue the same about hockey players and their unions driving up wages and increasing the price of PPV/tickets/whatnot. Think about it, they earn millions per year with little to no education, while a nurse actually has to complete hundreds of classes and spend around 10 years getting there. Not to mention doctors as well.
Realistically, we need to get rid of the college of physicians and whoever "certifies" nurses, and replace them with fair and impartial people to judge them. It is a well known fact that these places make doctors from other countries, who are even specialized, to start from step 0! This is purely to keep the number of doctors low, and nothing else. In fact, I know of such a doctor who now is a building manager. Why didn't he get his license here? Because it's kind of hard being a building manager and getting enough money to pay for courses. Much less courses you have already taken decades ago. If we got more nurses and doctors, it would drive wages down to a non-inflated level that the unions are pushing for. However, this still doesn't address overcrowding and lack of beds in some places where it is a physical space barrier.