AANS and CNS Urge Congress to Fund Additional Residency Slots
On July 9, the AANS and the CNS joined more than 60 health care organizations in urging Congress to include the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S. 348/H.R. 1763) in the next comprehensive COVID-19 legislation. According to a new study from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the demand for physicians continues to grow faster than supply, leading to a projected shortfall of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians by 2033 — including a shortage of between 17,100 and 28,700 surgical specialists. The letter points out that the country has a dire need for more physicians, “not only to treat a growing and aging population, but also to respond to public health emergencies like COVID-19.”
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