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This report concerns the Western Section Meeting of the Triologic Society, which took place at the Sheraton Grande Torrey Pines, La Jolla, Calif, from January 7 through 9, 1994.
Paul Ward, MD, Los Angeles, Calif, presented a fascinating prediction of the future of otolaryngology as his guest-of-honor address. With the legislative and administrative branches of government controlled by the Democrats, he predicts the most dramatic changes in society and medicine since the Social Security and Medicare acts of nearly 60 and 30 years ago, respectively. Health care constitutes 14% of the gross domestic product and increases 1% every 35 months. The cost of health insurance accounts for over $750 of each automobile manufactured. By 2004, we will need 5000 otolaryngologists vs 8000 now. Residencies must be reduced from the present 260 to fewer than 170. Dr Ward also
Hunsaker D. Western Section Meeting of the Triologic Society. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120(5):565–566. doi:10.1001/archotol.1994.01880290075013
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