NYU Med School Free- For- All

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At first blush it looks like one of Bernie Sanders’ dreams come true but a closer examination shows it may owe as much to Milton Friedman. “New York University’s School of Medicine is learning that no good deed goes unpunished,” Julie Rovner reports in The New York Times. “The highly ranked medical school announced with much fanfare this month that it is raising $600 million from private donors to eliminate tuition for all its students — even providing refunds to those currently enrolled. Before the announcement, annual tuition at the school was $55,018.”

“NYU leaders hope the move will help address the increasing problem of student debt among young doctors, which many educators argue pushes students to enter higher-paying specialties instead of primary care, and deters some from becoming doctors in the first place.”