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Senators Tester and Collins Introduce Legislation to Address Shortages and Train Next Generation of Physicians
(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act in response to the severe shortage of physicians that has reached crisis levels in a growing number of communities across the United States. Their bill would address this issue by reauthorizing and strengthening the successful Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program, which trains physicians in underserved, community-based settings.
"Doctor shortages disproportionately impact rural communities and rural families," Senator Tester said. "By getting more doctors into our rural hospitals and clinics we can provide a boost to rural America and ensure that folks living in in small towns aren't forced to endure dangerously long distances to see a doctor."
"This legislation would extend an important program to address the shortage of primary care doctors, which is especially critical in rural and underserved communities that are often those hardest hit by the opioid epidemic," said Senator Collins. "I urge all of my colleagues to support this important legislation to help train the next generation of physicians and ensure all Americans have access to quality health services."
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