There are reason the Danish Model isn’t as hideously expensive as “free university for all” would imply – one of them is indeed something that is, effectively, merit-based scholarship. Public universities are some weird combination of free and impossibly expensive – the number of students accepted for e.g. the Archeology course is set at X ahead of time. If fewer than X people apply (And they all live up to the requirements), they all get a spot for free. If more people apply, the applicants are weighted by merit, then the top X applicants get a spot for free and the rest cannot get a spot no matter how much money they’re willing to pay.
Now I can of course hear you so clearly that I can quote you before you even replied:
But Shieldfoss! That means the number of e.g. Doctors is set by how many the government are willing to educate, rather than market need. Doesn’t that lead to inefficiencies?
Oh “Doctors raise the alarm: Patients at Risk due to lack of doctors.”
God “Lack of Doctors”
Just “From lack of Doctors to Doctor Exodus”
Kill “This City is called Lack of Doctors”
Me “S will Remedy Lack of Doctors with Specialized Nurse Education”
Now.”Do We Even HAVE Enough Doctors?”