In December, 1958, the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service appointed a consultant group to study and report to him on the question of how the United States is to be supplied with an adequate number of well-qualified physicians. This group was a distinguished one and was well qualified for its job. Among its members were three medical school deans, five other college or university administrators, two regional education directors, six executives of professional associations, two representatives of business and industry, and three others whose interests and experience were in closely related fields. Its chairman was Mr. Frank Bane, former executive director of the Council of State Governments. The report was submitted to the Surgeon General in September, 1959.
The basic finding of the consultant group is that the United States faces a growing shortage of qualified physicians. My objective is first to give some of the evidence on