Re: "Trying to find a doctor: Reader’s letter," Mar. 2:
As everyone is scrambling around worried about the doctor shortage, no one has realized that this shortage has been engineered by the government.
The Bob Rae NDP government was the worst offender when — against the advice of the Ontario public service — it put restrictions on medical school admissions and limited foreign-trained doctors to one spot a year for residency.
But all governments have been guilty of restricting access to medical schools based on a quota system instead of allowing all qualified applicants to attend. By restricting doctors, governments have some control over medical costs.
It should be noted that there are no shortages of dentists or optometrists, whose services the government doesn’t pay for. In fact, they compete to get more patients.