The medical profession is to a large degree a racket. Medical doctors are not PhD graduates. Medical professional have a bachelor degree in Medicine and the title Doctor is simply an honorific from a bygone era. In other words, physicians earn 'glorified bachelor of science degrees' with some on site training.
And a *very* recent bygone era at that.
The MD was designed to borrow the respect & prestige of the doctors of the universities, who, unlike the medical providers of the time, didn't kill very many people (although *some* faculty spats could lead to that
I giggle at their, "I'm a *real* doctor spiel." No, they're not (with some notable exceptions). A doctor has, for thousands of years, been one who acquired significant knowledge *AND* contributed to that body of knowledge. Most MD's have never done the latter.
I'd quaffle some at the equating their training to a bachelor's degree--the two years of coursework past the bachelor's is at a graduate level.
While I'm at it, the problem isn't just (or even) keeping out the foreign trained physicians. It's the stranglehold on the entry to medical school, the artificially small number of them, and the size of their classes. If lawyer's tried to pull that nonsense, the better qualified of the non-admitted would sue, successfully, for the restraint of trade and monopolistic behavior. [The real pity here is that there *are* two many lawyers, and two much legal work being done, and that society would be better off if a fourth year were added to law school for the sole purpose of reducing the number of lawyer's produced
hawk, one-time recovering lawyer who is back off the wagon, and also a real doctor