Medical training should be accessible and affordable throughout Washington and, in fact, throughout America. Note that I ignore the phrase, "medical school," in the Herald's question and instead use the more expansive term, "medical training." The most serious shortage among doctors is in the category of general practice, and I believe that is only part of the problem.
If we are to provide health care to those areas and populations that have least access to adequate health care, we must turn to a triage process in which physicians assistants and nurse practitioners are sufficiently available to allow doctors in all categories to do what they are trained to do, not to spend all their time on minor issues and routine chronic care. The advent of technology not only as a diagnostic tool but as a monitoring device creates a potential for getting good health care to people and places it does not presently reach adequately.
More medical schools? Probably a good short-term solution. More medical training and a system geared to providing care to all Americans? Absolutely!
-- MARTIN BENSKY, Richland