Murray Introduces Bill to Address Looming U.S. Doctor Shortage
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Yesterday, U.S. Senator
Murray's legislation, The Community-Based Medical Education Act of 2014, would extend the successful, but expiring,
Read a one page summary of The Community-Based Medical Education Act of 2014.
"While we've made great strides to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health insurance, we're falling behind in training doctors who can provide basic, primary care, particularly for those in rural and underserved communities. The statistics are clear: if we don't change our system for medical training, millions of Americans will be left behind without access to basic medical care," said Senator Murray. "This legislation builds on the success we've seen in places like
"UW Medicine is proud to support Senator
"As Dean of the
Several factors are contributing to the looming doctor shortage, from a cap on total medical residency slots, to an uneven distribution of physicians across medical specialties, to the undervaluation of primary care services in reimbursement systems. The problem that this bill addresses, however, is the structural issue within
This legislation builds on the success of existing models, like the THC and Rural Training Track programs, which encourage medical students to receive primary care training in community-based settings and underserved communities. These programs have shown that physicians often decide to practice in the rural and underserved communities where they're trained. In
"It is important that we train primary care physicians in settings that are similar to those in which they will practice upon completion of their training. For that reason, we strongly support your effort to provide training opportunities outside of the legacy hospital-based GME system and appreciate your commitment to ensuring that such training sites have a predictable and appropriate funding source," said Dr.
"We congratulate Senator Murray on her work to develop this much needed legislation that offers greater accountability of taxpayer dollars. Significant reforms to
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