Posted February 11, 2019 10:56:47Doctor-led clinical trials are getting increasingly expensive, and in many cases, doctors are being paid to do the work of the research and design.
This isn’t an isolated incident either: as a result of the rise in costs, doctors have started to feel more pressure to sign away their autonomy.
This is a theme that has emerged in the last few months as the number of US medical schools has grown, and the number number of PhDs entering the field has also increased.
This trend has been exacerbated by the fact that there are no protections in place for doctors, so many have taken to the internet to complain about the increasingly high cost of doing research.
In recent months, there has been an increase in the number and volume of articles discussing the rising costs of medical school, and a lot of these are written by doctors themselves.
For example, in the most recent issue of The American Journal of Surgery, a post entitled “Medical school debt: What we know and don’t know” made it onto the front page.
“It’s a little ironic, in a way, to hear medical school graduates say, ‘I don’t think I’ll ever go back to medical school because it’s so expensive’,” Dr. William G. Pfeiffer, a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago Medical School and the former president of the American Association of University Professors, told The New York Times.
“When we graduate from medical school we’re all looking forward to a long, rewarding career, but at that moment we’re spending all of our time doing research and designing clinical trials, which means we’re doing a lot more work than we should be doing,” he continued.
The post goes on to suggest that the rising cost of medical education “is directly responsible for the increase in medical student debt” and the “greater risk of the healthcare system becoming financially insolvent.”
It goes on, however, to claim that the increased cost of healthcare is a result, not of increased education costs, but the increased risk of healthcare systems becoming insolvent, which has led to a “great increase in debt.”
The article ends with a list of all the “unavoidable expenses” that medical students are paying for research and development, and Dr. PFeiffer says, “that’s probably the most egregious of them all.”
“If the burden is not on the students themselves, but rather on the medical system, then we should all be very concerned about the future of medical practice.”
This article has been reproduced with permission from The Atlantic.