Facing a huge shortage in doctors in coming decades, two US representatives introduced a bill that would significantly increase the number of Medicare-sponsored residencies. The number of those residencies has not increased in 15 years. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is estimating that the U.S. healthcare system could be short hundreds of thousands of doctors in coming decades.


A bipartisan House bill reintroduced Thursday would create 15,000 more medical residency positions under Medicare in a move to alleviate the looming U.S. doctor shortage. The measure from Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) would mandate that 50 percent of the positions train residents in primary care.

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Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

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