The Graduate Medical Training (GME) Advocacy Coalition despatched letters of assist for the Resident Doctor Scarcity Discount Act of 2021 to sponsors of the laws in each the Senate and the Home of Representatives. The letters thanked Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for introducing the Senate bill and Reps. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), and Rodney Davis (R-Sick.) for introducing the House bill.
The letters emphasised the rising want for extra physicians, notably because the inhabitants continues to develop and age. The teams additionally famous that “the COVID-19 pandemic has additional uncovered the numerous boundaries to care that sufferers face, and has additionally highlighted rising issues of clinician burnout.”
The teams additionally highlighted Congress’ latest authorization of 1,000 new Medicare-supported GME positions [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 23, 2020]. They famous that the laws “would construct on this historic funding by regularly elevating the variety of Medicare-supported GME positions by 2,000 per yr for seven years, for a complete of 14,000 new slots,” and that a few of the positions could be focused to “hospitals with numerous wants together with hospitals in rural areas, hospitals serving sufferers from well being skilled scarcity areas (HPSAs), hospitals in states with new medical colleges or department campuses, and hospitals already coaching over their caps.”
“We stay up for working collectively to assist the coaching of future physicians and to safe the passage of this necessary laws,” the letters concluded.