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News and briefs: Legislators propose bill to increase residency positions

Residency Program Insider, March 20, 2012

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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) are sponsoring a bill to increase the number of residency slots by 15,000 over the next five years.

According to an Albany Times Union article, the bill would help combat the current physician shortage dilemma and assist states such as New York, which had a 44% increase in retiring physicians from 2009 to 2010. If passed, preference for the additional residency slots would go to programs that serve rural areas and train physicians in both community health center and outpatient center settings. The 1997 Balanced Budget Act capped residency slots at 100,000.

Increasing the number of residencies would cost approximately $10 – $15 billion over the next 10 years, according to an estimate by Schumer’s office.

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