March 30, 2023
Federal lawmakers have introduced new legislation that would significantly expand the number of Medicare-supported residency positions and improve access to care.
The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2023, introduced Wednesday by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Terri Sewell (D-AL), would add 14,000 Medicare-supported physician residency positions during the next seven years.
Without action, the nation’s physician shortage could grow up to 124,000 physicians by 2034, the Association of American Medical Colleges notes.
“In the face of a severe physician shortage, it is more important than ever to have highly-trained doctors in our hospitals,” Representative Fitzpatrick, lead Republican sponsor, said in a statement.
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP thanks Representatives Fitzpatrick and Sewell for introducing this important legislation and encourages federal lawmakers to support this critical effort to support our health care workforce. Learn more about HAP’s workforce priorities.
For additional information, contact John Myers, HAP’s vice president, federal advocacy.
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