Contact Congress to Co-sponsor the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act
Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to address the current and future physician shortage. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S. 348/H.R. 1763) would increase the number of Medicare-supported graduate medical education (GME) slots by 15,000 with a rate of 3,000 per year over five years. One-half of these slots are designated for shortage specialty residency programs. The remaining funds will be distributed to new programs and to hospitals that have training positions above the 1997 cap.