THE RESIDENT Physicians Shortage Reduction Act, introduced in March 2013, is intended to fix a large problem among the nation's recent medical-school grads - a shortage of doctors.
At a news conference yesterday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said the act would create 15,000 medical-residency slots by 2019.
The Association of American Medical Colleges released data earlier this year showing an increase in medical-student enrollment, yet predicting a shortage of 90,000 doctors by 2020.
A residency is paid training required for new graduates before they can become staff physicians. Medicare funds these residencies, but a cap on applicants has remained the same since 1997.