The Public Interest

Medical schools and the “entitlement ethic”

Kim Sperduto & Robert D. Behn

Fall 1979

IN the early 1960’s the United States faced a “doctor shortage.” John F. Kennedy, less than three weeks after becoming President, sent Congress a special message on U.S. health and hospital care which said, “Adequate health care requires an adequate supply of well-trained personnel. We do not have that adequate supply today-and shortages are growing.” Kennedy proposed federal support for medical-school planning and construction, and for medical-student scholarships. 

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