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Residency Cap Impedes Growth in Physician Supply

The doctor shortage in the U.S. today is fueled in part by the limit on medical residency positions, which has not been raised in more than 15 years.

The residency cap is driven by the federal government, which pays 75 percent of the costs associated with residency training programs and has not increased its financial support for such training since 1997.

The U.S. currently has a shortage of primary care physicians, and that shortage is likely to grow if the Affordable Care Act adds to the ranks of the insured as most observers expect.

Medical residents also are very important providers of care for low-income patients served by many of the nation’s urban safety-net hospitals.

Read more about the residency cap and the challenge of raising it in this Bloomberg reportHappy medical team of doctors together.

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