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Major funding for Florida medical schools not money wisely spent

LETTER — Posted June 12, 2006

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Regarding "2 states aim to boost med student enrollment" (Article, May 8): The Florida Legislature is considering spending $125 million with a $20 million annual operating expense at Florida International University. This is to match $78.5 million in private donations. And the same Legislature is considering spending $250 million to open the medical school with a $20 million operating expense at the University of Central Florida. This is to be matched by $100.3 million pledged. This is not a wise use of a large amount of money.

We need more funding from the state for primary care residencies. They treat people and cost a lot less. But common sense often does not prevail. Always remember "follow the money," and in this case, power.

Thomas Lynn Hicks, MD, Tallahassee, Fla.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2006/06/12/edlt0612.htm.

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