The US faces an alarming shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, according to a new Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) report.
The report projects a potential shortage of 14,800 to 49,300 primary care physicians and 33,800 to 72,700 physicians in non-primary care specialties, including 20,700 to 30,500 physicians for surgical specialties.
GNYHA and AAMC strongly support the Resident Physician Shortage Act of 2017, which would create 3,000 new residency slots annually for the next five years. Introduced in the House by Representatives by Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Ryan Costello (R-PA), the bill has 77 co-sponsors, including 17 from New York. The Senate bill, introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Dean Heller (R-NV), has the strong backing of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The bill is crucial because every medical school graduate must complete training after medical school in order to practice. Medical schools and teaching hospitals are doing their part by continuing to develop innovative care delivery and payment models despite constant threats to cut funding and the lack of slots for doctors to train.