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# In the next four years, the number of doctors, nurses, and

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28 Jul 2008, 08:24
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OA is C

Kindly post the OE
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28 Jul 2008, 20:15
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In the next four years, the number of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers will increase significantly worldwide. Even so, the average compensation received by such professional will not decline but rather is likely to increase. This is due, at least partly, to the fact that the median age of the world’s population will increase steadily in this same period of time.

The argument above depends logically upon which of the following assumptions?

a. The increase in the number of health care workers will be responsible for the increase in the average life span
b. The compensation of doctors and physical therapists who treat the elderly will incrase more than that of other health care workers
c. As a group, older people receive more attention from health care workers than do younger people.
d. Geriatrics, a branch of medicine focusing on the health problems of older people, is the most expensive element of American health care.
e. Increase in the median age of the population will occur in all regions of the world.

Explanation (I don't fully understand):
Since the number of healthcare workers are on the rise along w/ the average compensation, the answer is supported by the rise in the number of elderly people. More workers will get more money, so it is assumed that the elderly are especially likely to require services of healthcare workers.

anyone that got the correct answer have a better explanation?
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In the next four years, the number of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers will increase significantly worldwide. Even so, the average compensation received by such professional will not decline but rather is likely to increase. This is due, at least partly, to the fact that the median age of the world’s population will increase steadily in this same period of time.

The argument above depends logically upon which of the following assumptions?

a. The increase in the number of health care workers will be responsible for the increase in the average life span
b. The compensation of doctors and physical therapists who treat the elderly will incrase more than that of other health care workers
c. As a group, older people receive more attention from health care workers than do younger people.
d. Geriatrics, a branch of medicine focusing on the health problems of older people, is the most expensive element of American health care.
e. Increase in the median age of the population will occur in all regions of the world.

Explanation (I don't fully understand):
Since the number of healthcare workers are on the rise along w/ the average compensation, the answer is supported by the rise in the number of elderly people. More workers will get more money, so it is assumed that the elderly are especially likely to require services of healthcare workers.

anyone that got the correct answer have a better explanation?

I believe B is a better answer than C. In B, the compensation of doctors of both age group increases. So, the average compensation increases. C doesn't talk abt the compensation at all.
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14 Sep 2010, 05:25
I'll go with C, as it seems the most logical option.
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14 Sep 2010, 05:36
The assumption seems to be that the doctors who work with older patients will earn an increasing amount of money, thus raising the average earnings per doctor despite there being more doctors. But (B), (C), and (D) all seem to speak to this fact, and I couldn't really determine between them.

(B) The compensation of doctors and physical therapists who treat the elderly will increase more than that of other health care workers

Seems like exactly what I was looking for, and this is the answer I picked.

(C) As a group, older people receive more attention from health care workers than do younger people.

As the median age goes up, the doctors who work primarily with older people will get more business -> make more money -> increase the average. Seems to fit as well (and apparently is the OA)

(D) Geriatrics, a branch of medicine focusing on the health problems of older people, is the most expensive element of American health care.

More older people means there are more people who need to pay for geriatrics, which is the most expensive element -> the doctors who specialize in geriatrics will earn an increasing wage, improving the average. I think the key to this one is that it specifies AMERICAN health care, while the original argument was WORLDWIDE.

But why is (C) better than (B)? They both seem like perfectly legit answers.
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My Money is on C.

EVen I reached "E" by POE but E is not a ASSUMPTION.
It is mentioned in the question.
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14 Sep 2010, 06:35
curious. where is the source of this question. I feel that this question is worded ambiguously.
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14 Sep 2010, 07:43
i also picked E. but after seeing OA. i tried to understand one point. DONT THINK TOO MUCH FOR GMAT. i.e. BE WELL WITH IN THE SCOPE of what is given in the question.

3 points given in the Q

- No. of drs,nurses and health care workers will increase
- also salary will increase rather than decreasing
- above are true because median age of world's population will increase

B - we have no specific info on salaries of drs, physical therapists or health care workers separately. as a group, their salaries are going to increase is only given. so not correct.
E - no mention is given in specific about the individual regions of the world. so not correct
D - not relevant
A - Increase in median age is the reason for rise in no. of health care workers. not the other way round. so not correct.
C - Increase in age, i.e. more life has led to rise in no. of healthcare. since older ppl need more attention, more HC workers.

hope i am clear in what i intend to share.
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14 Sep 2010, 08:44
Absolutely.Bang on target.Nice question.
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14 Sep 2010, 09:04
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i also picked E. but after seeing OA. i tried to understand one point. DONT THINK TOO MUCH FOR GMAT. i.e. BE WELL WITH IN THE SCOPE of what is given in the question.

3 points given in the Q

- No. of drs,nurses and health care workers will increase
- also salary will increase rather than decreasing
- above are true because median age of world's population will increase

B - we have no specific info on salaries of drs, physical therapists or health care workers separately. as a group, their salaries are going to increase is only given. so not correct.
E - no mention is given in specific about the individual regions of the world. so not correct
D - not relevant
A - Increase in median age is the reason for rise in no. of health care workers. not the other way round. so not correct.
C - Increase in age, i.e. more life has led to rise in no. of healthcare. since older ppl need more attention, more HC workers.

hope i am clear in what i intend to share.

Your explanation for (B) being wrong doesn't really work, though, because they only talk about the AVERAGE of the salaries for all three health care types going up. Any or all of the three can increase, but at least one of them needs to for the average to go up. Comparing the different types (doctors vs. nurses vs. other types) isn't relevant - just that SOMEONE'S salary is going up. In (B), doctors and physical therapists are getting increasing pay, so the average will go up.
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14 Sep 2010, 10:33
thanks for the correction...
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15 Sep 2010, 18:11
I agree reg. E - it is mentioned in the passage -- last sentence. so, wont be an assumption any more.

I chose C

But, people who arrived at B have a good point.
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15 Sep 2010, 19:38
I go for C.

B is wrong because it is not necessary that compensation of doctors + physical therapists > health workers for the average compensation to increase.

It can also be like compensation of doctors + health workers > physical therapists which also increases the average compensation. This can be true for any of combination of compensations.
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15 Sep 2010, 23:59
+1 for C
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16 Sep 2010, 00:20
(E)Increase in the median age of the population will occur in all regions of the world.

now the argument states that:fact that the median age of the world’s population will increase steadily in this same period of time.

no matter it happens or doesnot happens in all the regions of the world but since the median age itself will increase (stated fact) hence there is definitely a chance that more health care people will need. But why and how? no answer from this option. Lets see C now.

(C) As a group, older people receive more attention from health care workers than do younger people.

how can the number of health workers increase?
ans. more requirement?
How can it create more requirement from the given facts?
ans. more people need more health care.
how?
ans. older people needs more helth care than younger

hence this is the assumption.
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16 Sep 2010, 01:03
I went with C

(B) The compensation of doctors and physical therapists who treat the elderly will increase more than that of other health care workers
No specific details about nurses, and other health care workers who needn't be physical therapists

(C) As a group, older people receive more attention from health care workers than do younger people.
Health care workers covers doctors , nurses as well and attention from them isn't something free
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B & C are close. But for an assumption question, if you remove/negate the assumption, the argument should fall apart.

For B: Even if compensation of health care workers for elderly and younger are the same, the argument will still hold.

But for C: If the amount of healthcare received by the elderly is not greater than that received by the younger, the argument falls apart.

So C is correct.
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17 Sep 2010, 10:28
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droopy57 wrote:
In the next four years, the number of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers will increase significantly worldwide. Even so, the average compensation received by such professional will not decline but rather is likely to increase. This is due, at least partly, to the fact that the median age of the world’s population will increase steadily in this same period of time.

The argument above depends logically upon which of the following assumptions?

a. The increase in the number of health care workers will be responsible for the increase in the average life span -> out of scope no mention of compensation
b. The compensation of doctors and physical therapists who treat the elderly will increase more than that of other health care workers -> this seems logical.Lets negate this compensation of doctors and physical therapists who treat the elderly will not increase compared with others .Then how come average compensation is likely to increase with increase in median age.Argument falls apart .IMO B
c. As a group, older people receive more attention from health care workers than do younger people. -> attention from health care proffs does not mean compensation for them.irrelevant
d. Geriatrics, a branch of medicine focusing on the health problems of older people, is the most expensive element of American health care. -> in general it says geriatrics is expensive .This does not help in the argument.eliminate
e. Increase in the median age of the population will occur in all regions of the world. -> This one is just indicating evenness increase in age but is not better than B.Since we are talking about world population and again even if we negate this statement.There is a possibility that docs go to other regions for treatment of people their and that decides their cmpensation.This is not necessary condition

If we apply same rule used in answer choice B and assume that the population increased in some localized city or part of world !! Then is it possible that the average sal of medical proffessional is going to increase??? No it does not!!!! doesn't the argument falling apart??
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droopy57 wrote:
In the next four years, the number of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers will increase significantly worldwide. Even so, the average compensation received by such professional will not decline but rather is likely to increase. This is due, at least partly, to the fact that the median age of the world’s population will increase steadily in this same period of time.

The argument above depends logically upon which of the following assumptions?

a. The increase in the number of health care workers will be responsible for the increase in the average life span
b. The compensation of doctors and physical therapists who treat the elderly will incrase more than that of other health care workers
c. As a group, older people receive more attention from health care workers than do younger people.
d. Geriatrics, a branch of medicine focusing on the health problems of older people, is the most expensive element of American health care.
e. Increase in the median age of the population will occur in all regions of the world.

Explanation (I don't fully understand):
Since the number of healthcare workers are on the rise along w/ the average compensation, the answer is supported by the rise in the number of elderly people. More workers will get more money, so it is assumed that the elderly are especially likely to require services of healthcare workers.

anyone that got the correct answer have a better explanation?

I believe B is a better answer than C. In B, the compensation of doctors of both age group increases. So, the average compensation increases. C doesn't talk abt the compensation at all.

Not agree with the OA and OE.

what is the source of the question?? atleast we can check the autheticity and parallelity to official stuff.....

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17 Sep 2010, 11:23
It is most definitely C.

The argument states that their will be more healthcare professionals globally and that their salaries will not decline to do the ageing of the population.

A and B are not relevant to this argument. E just restates the last sentence and does not address their salaries. D is US specific and the question focuses on global salaries. Therefore we are left with C.
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18 Sep 2010, 16:40
I chose E

Reason: The passage says that the healthcare will increase worldwide. Which means in many regions of the world. The passage says that the median age will increase worldwide. It does not say that it will increase in all parts of the world. What if everyone in India alone live long. So still the median age increases.
So in order for the healthcare profession to [highlight]flourish worldwide[/highlight]the [highlight]median age should increase in many parts of the world.[/highlight]
Is there anything wrong in this assumption?
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