QUESTION TEXT: Editorial: Medical schools spend one hour teaching…
QUESTION TYPE: Necessary Assumption
CONCLUSION: Medical schools should spend more time teaching preventative medicine [if their goal is to make medicine cost-effective].
REASONING: Medical schools spend ten times more time teaching curative medicine compared to preventative medicine. Preventative medicine cuts medical costs greatly.
ANALYSIS: The argument doesn’t tell us why less time is spend teaching preventative medicine. Maybe it’s easier to learn preventative compared to curative medicine.
- It doesn’t matter why preventative medicine is cheaper. It only is necessary that it is cheaper.
- This would support the argument. But such a precise cost-savings figure is not necessary.
- This isn’t necessary. They could switch some hours from curative medicine to preventative medicine instead.
- This isn’t necessary as long as preventative medicine saves more money than curative medicine.
- CORRECT. If this isn’t true then maybe medical students are already learning everything they need to know about preventative medicine.
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