How much? The price of medical education
Marc Gutenstein explains why medical students are big business See also p36
Choose a house. A car. A camper van for the summer. Choose lots of fancy furniture, designer clothes, a powerful new computer, a widescreen TV, lava lamp, and electrical tin openers. Choose holidaying in the Pacific, eating in expensive restaurants, drinking fine wines, eating cheese… With £200 000 you could do a lot. You could even become a medical student.
It is often reported that £200 000 or more is the price of educating a medical student from leaving school to entering the NHS.1 Indeed, the cost of the government's initiative to train 1000 more doctors each year is estimated at £200 million.2
So where exactly does all this money come from? Where does it go to? How is it spent? As with many things bureaucratic, the answers are shrouded in secrecy, and encased in obscure jargon. Difficult perhaps for the layman, but not for us medics - we live