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News and briefs: With ACA upheld, spotlight shifts to physician shortage

Residency Program Insider, July 2, 2012

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In a 5-4 vote last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the delight of many, including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The next step, according to a letter from AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch, MD, is to ask Congress for additional monetary support to help train more residents and address the predicted shortfall of about 90,000 physicians by 2020.

Increasing the number of residency slots is key to this next step, according to Kirch.

“The overall supply of U.S. physicians cannot expand unless Congress increases the number of federally funded residency training positions, a number that has been frozen since 1997,” he says in the letter. “We urge Congress to move quickly to provide more federal support for additional doctor training to ensure that Americans have access to care—not just an insurance card.”

According to an AAMC news release, the House is expected to vote on a full appeal of the decision on July 11. To read the entire letter, click here.



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