It is disingenuous of doctors to lay blame for the shortage at the feet of the government. After all, the doctors' guild - through their college system - sets the standards for admission to their cosy clubs. They also lobby through their union, the AMA, to keep an iron grip on Medicare and prescribing rights.
I argue that we would be better off with a lot more medical specialists and a broadening of the scope of allied health practitioners - even at a marginally lower level of quality. Who cares about maintaining artificial "standards" if you have to spend two days on a trolley before seeing a doctor?