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New post 26 Aug 2016, 01:29
TheLordCommander That isn't a flaw in the answer choice. It's fine for the answer choice to be vague. The point is that we do need to know which hospitals have long wait times. Are urban hospitals the problem? The fact that some kinds of information of this type (e.g. large vs. small hospitals) wouldn't help doesn't change the fact that we need this information. If we really knew exactly which hospitals were having trouble, that would allow us to consider whether the problem was primarily an urban one.
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In the country of Bedenia, officials have recently implemented a new healthcare initiative to reduce dangerous wait times at emergency rooms in the country’s hospitals.

This initiative increases the number of available emergency nurses and doctors in urban settings:
    *scholarships and no-interest loans are being offered to prospective students in these fields if they work in major city hospitals, *relocation packages to urban centers are being offered for current emergency practitioners, and
    *immigration rules are being changed to enable foreign emergency doctors and nurses to more easily move to Bedenia’s major cities.

Which of the following would be most important to determine in assessing whether the initiative will be successful?

A. What percentage of current nurses and doctors work in emergency medicine........% cannot determine the success of the initiative.

C. Whether a career in emergency medicine pays substantially less than other types of medicine.............pay is not important here. even if it is low still jobless people may prefer it.

E. Whether many foreign doctors and nurses are currently not allowed to enter Bedenia...........OFS

But im stuck why B is correct and D is incorrect.

D. Whether wait times could be reduced by means other than increasing the number of available nurses and doctors............If the real issue is something else and we can solve it by other way easily than initiative, then result of initiative may no be a success.

B. Which hospitals in Bedenia have dangerous wait times in their emergency rooms.............what does which refer to? wait time need not be cured with availablity of doctors. We have no hint of urban/rural hospitals here.
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DmitryFarber wrote:
Hi amanarora87,

You're taking the right general approach, but your application didn't quite work for either answer choice.

D: You said that a Yes would tear down the argument, but why? Our job is to assess the effectiveness of the plan, not to determine whether it's the only possibility. If I argue that I can drive to work, it doesn't weaken my argument to say that I could also take the train.

B: B says we want to find out which hospitals have dangerous wait times. This isn't a Yes/No consideration, so the words Yes and No don't mean anything here. This answer choice gets at one of the author's assumptions: putting more doctors in urban emergency rooms will reduce dangerous wait times. What if the dangerous wait times are in rural hospitals? So our analysis should look more like this:

Urban hospitals. This would strengthen the argument, because that's where the plan is routing more doctors.
Rural hospitals. This would weaken the argument, because we are encouraging doctors to go someplace where there are not dangerous wait times. If anything, this might increase the dangerous wait times in rural settings.


I agree with you DmitryFarber. But i've found a second missing point in the initiative that could be assessed by the letter A: "What percentage of current nurses and doctors work in emergency medicine"

Here is my reasoning: The initiative wants to increase nurses and doctors in emergency rooms. What if 100% of the doctors and nurses are already there? The initiative would fail, right?

Why letter B is stronger than A?

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In the country of Bedenia, officials have recently implemented a new healthcare initiative to reduce dangerous wait times at emergency rooms in the country’s hospitals. This initiative increases the number of available emergency nurses and doctors in urban settings: scholarships and no-interest loans are being offered to prospective students in these fields if they work in major city hospitals, relocation packages to urban centers are being offered for current emergency practitioners, and immigration rules are being changed to enable foreign emergency doctors and nurses to more easily move to Bedenia’s major cities.

Which of the following would be most important to determine in assessing whether the initiative will be successful?

A. What percentage of current nurses and doctors work in emergency medicine

knowing % will not help us : Incorrect

B. Which hospitals in Bedenia have dangerous wait times in their emergency rooms

Identifying hospitals with dangerous wait times will help to improve the conditions there and make initiative successful : Correct

C. Whether a career in emergency medicine pays substantially less than other types of medicine

This is shell & game : familiar looking idea yet different; "emergency medicine" is Out of scope

D. Whether wait times could be reduced by means other than increasing the number of available nurses and doctors
this is out of scope

E. Whether many foreign doctors and nurses are currently not allowed to enter Bedenia

domestic doctors and nurses are also available : Incorrect

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