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by Sprite_TM » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:17 pm
could someone please explain the answer? thanks

Mr. Primm: if hospitals were private enterprises, dependent on profits for their survival, there would be no teaching hospitals, because of the instrically high cost of running hospitals.

Ms. Nakai: I disgaree. The medical challenges provided by teaching hospitals attract the very best physicians. This, in turn, enables those hospitals to concentrate on nonroutine cases.

Which of the following if true, would most strengthen Ms. Nakai's attempt to refute Mr. Primm's claim?

a) doctors at teaching hospitals command high salaries
b) sophistication, nonroutine medical care commands high price
c) existing teaching hospitals derive some revenue from public subsidies
d) the patient mortality rate at teaching hospital is high
e) the modern trend amogn physiicans is to become highly specialized

OA b

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Re: physician

by GMATAragorn » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:40 pm
Sprite_TM wrote:could someone please explain the answer? thanks

Mr. Primm: if hospitals were private enterprises, dependent on profits for their survival, there would be no teaching hospitals, because of the instrically high cost of running hospitals.

Ms. Nakai: I disgaree. The medical challenges provided by teaching hospitals attract the very best physicians. This, in turn, enables those hospitals to concentrate on nonroutine cases.

Which of the following if true, would most strengthen Ms. Nakai's attempt to refute Mr. Primm's claim?

a) doctors at teaching hospitals command high salaries
b) sophistication, nonroutine medical care commands high price
c) existing teaching hospitals derive some revenue from public subsidies
d) the patient mortality rate at teaching hospital is high
e) the modern trend amogn physiicans is to become highly specialized

OA b
The answer should be B)
As the teaching hospitals can attract verybest physician and they can do good job at these nonroutine cases. They don't have to spend (eliminates choice A) much.

Other choices actually weakens Naka's argument.

I appreciate any comments. Thanks

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by lunarpower » Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:25 am
whenever you have an OBSCURE QUESTION STEM like this one - "strengthen Ms. Nakai's attempt to refute Mr. Primm's claim" - you have to DECODE THE QUESTION STEM.

i.e., rewrite the question stem in simple, clear language.

"Mr. Primm's claim" is that teaching hospitals wouldn't be able to generate enough profit to survive, because of prohibitive costs.

"Ms. Nakai's attempt to refute", therefore, MUST be an attempt to prove that teaching hospitals can, indeed, make profits.
remember that "attempts to refute" are always attempts to prove the exact opposite of whatever is in the conclusion that's being refuted.

the endpoint of ms. nakai's argument is that the "teaching hospitals can concentrate on nonroutine cases". in order for this to have anything to do with making profits, we need a link between nonroutine cases and profit.

choice (b) creates such a link.
the other choices don't.
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by vanessa.m » Sun May 15, 2016 2:05 am
I must admit that B seems to be the answer