Dissecting government role in medicine.

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The recent Rectors' Conference of Swiss Universities has put forward a series of proposals in a bid to reform the medical sector and attract more students to the discipline. The main focus is to disentangle the responsibilities for medical training, which are currently shared by the government and universities.

The document, dubbed 'University Medicine 2008', states that medical research and scientific training should be the sole responsibility of the universities, while further, specialist training should remain under the control of the federal authorities.

The committee also indicated that the lack of uniformity and coordination between Switzerland's five medical faculties was having a knock-on effect on finances.

Separating the various disciplines, the panel claims, would lead to more financial transparency. For example, the sharing of training costs between university hospitals and medicine faculties would become more straightforward, it said.

"It is time to separate the cost of...

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