The problem of the supply of physicians to rural areas has been vigorously debated in recent years. The fact that it remains a topic for investigation by various committees and commissions indicates that a universally acceptable solution has not yet been found. Sometimes it is the trend in medical education, or again it is the current economic changes that are held responsible for the alleged unsatisfactory distribution of practitioners in this country. This is not the occasion to attempt to analyze the questions raised; but it seems self-evident, to quote a recent report, that the rural areas will attract physicians only to the extent that they offer a sufficiently superior financial prospect, and will retain what physicians they have only so long as the financial return is sufficiently great to outweigh the attractions of larger communities.
One factor demanding consideration in this connection is the assertion that in some areas
THE EXPENDITURE FOR MAINTENANCE OF HEALTH ON THE FARM. JAMA. 1927;88(9):650-651. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350034014