Two congressional leaders on Wendesday have unveiled a bill that would expand a program that will help train primary and dental care residents in the areas they need.
Under the proposal, the Center for Graduate School of Health’s Graduate Medical Education program, which supports the training of primary care physicians in outpatient settings in communities, would be made permanent and receive $ 500 million annually. 2024 and 2033 to fund about 1,600 new training slots for residents in 100 programs across the country.
Currently the program receives about $ 126 million a year, with funding expiring in 2023.
The proposal by Rep. Frank Pallone (DN.J.), chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chairman of the Senate health committee, financially approved the program. more certainty to the teaching of health centers and to address in part the lack of doctor.
“Primary care physicians are the key to our nation’s health care system and are too often the only providers in rural and high-need communities,” Pallone said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we are increasingly facing a shortage of these vital front-line providers across the country, which will continue to grow only if Congress does not act.”
The United States could see a shortage of between 21,400 and 55,200 primary care physicians by 2033, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
AAMC has also ordered Congress to approve 14,000 training slots for residents paid for by Medicare through a separate program.
The number of slots paid for by Medicare was frozen from 1996 until December when Congress approved 1,000 additional slots.