U of M survey: medical students not up to speed on health care overhaul

While medical students are busy learning how to provide care, their education does not seem to include much about the big picture of health care policy. A University of Minnesota doctor surveyed the state's medical students last year and found fewer than half could say they understood the basics of the country's new health care overhaul.

A University of Minnesota doctor who surveyed the state's medical students last year found only 48 percent said they understood the basics of the Affordable Care Act. Results of the survey were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week.

The lead author, Dr. Tyler Winkelman, tells Reuters there's a lack of education about the big picture of health care policy at medical schools. Winkelman thinks implementation of the new policy will be more successful if students are better informed.

Minnesota political and business leaders are getting better informed about how Germany has been able to cover 90 percent of the population, while spending one-third less than Minnesotans do on health care. Some of those who traveled to Germany to study health care there offered a debrief of their findings this week, the Star Tribune reports.

As for implementing the Affordable Care Act, one potential bump in the road is rising costs. Business Week reports the cost of health care is going up faster than government estimates, while the number of people without insurance is growing.

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