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ERIC Number: ED180325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Costs of Health Professions Education. Regional Spotlight, Vol. XIII, No. 1, Fall, 1979.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Causes for interest, problems in understanding, cost figures, future problems, and recommendations concerning the cost of health professions education are explored in this excerpt from a presentation on cost issues to the Southern Regional Education Board. Among causes cited for interest in the cost of educating health professionals are concern for the cost of health care in general and the size of the budget (an estimated $7.8 billion in 1976-1977). Difficulty in understanding the costs of health professions education lies, in part, in the complexity of teaching, research, and services covered. Cost figures show that in general the greater the research focus of a school, the higher its cost, that faculty and related support personnel account for at least 70 percent of the total cost figure, and that the lower student/faculty ratio and higher salaries are largely responsible for the greater faculty cost. Five reasons to expect even higher costs in the future, such as a decline in federal research and manpower training funds, are considered. Three recommendations, including removing the mystique from medical education, are offered. Excerpts from the remarks of eight other speakers are also included. (PHR)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Budgets, Cost Containment, Costs, Economic Factors, Federal Aid, Government School Relationship, Health Services, Higher Education, Labor Needs, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Professional Education, Research, Student Teacher Ratio, Teacher Salaries, Trend Analysis, Tuition, Universities
Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth Avenue, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30313
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.