Congress Ignores Doctor Shortage?

By Bonner R Cohen

Congress bypassed an opportunity in recently enacted COVID-19 relief bills to significantly increase the number of Medicare-funded residency positions at hospitals.

In the last package, which amounted to $1.4 trillion in government spending and was signed by President Trump on December 31, lawmakers set aside $120 million for 1,000 new physician training slots over the next five years. There was a more ambitious bill on the table that would have added 15,000 residencies over the next five years, but it failed to make it into the giant year-end coronavirus relief package.

“The increase of 1,000 slots is a good first step but a far cry from what is needed,” said David Balat, director of the Right on Health initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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PODCAST: Price Transparency in Healthcare

David Balat

By David Balat

In this BRI Virtual Event Series, David Balat of Free2Care, talks about Price Transparency in Healthcare, right here.


EDITOR’S NOTE: David Balat is the director of the Right on Healthcare initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and founder of the patient-physician coalition, Free2Care. He has broad experience across the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a former congressional candidate in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District and a seasoned hospital executive with more than 20 years of healthcare industry leadership and executive management experience.

Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA



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