Doug Thompson of Stephens Media delves into the questions posed a while back by Rep. Steve Harrelson. Is the satellite operation of the UA Med School in Northwest Arkansas a step toward a second med school and, if so, is that a good idea?
It's a good continuation of the discussion. It omits something vitally important, however. That is the enormous expense -- much of it needlessly duplicative -- of a full-blown second med school. Residency programs and training for allied professions are separate issues.
Expectations of honesty in this discussion shouldn't be high, given the dramatic underestimate of the cost of the new NWA programs and the cost overruns, near100 percent by some calculations, on the new hospital at UAMS in Little Rock.