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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

RESTORE GME FUNDING

Last week’s EVPGram story, where I shared an abbreviated version of our state legislative agenda, omitted a key priority that we have a good chance of achieving: the restoration of funds cut from graduate medical education (GME). Texas has a big shortage of physicians today — and it will get worse as our population continues to grow quickly. Physicians tend to stay and practice where they complete their residency training. Currently in Texas, our medical school classes are growing while the number of residency slots is not keeping pace. Graduating medical students who leave Texas for GME take our $170,000 investment in their medical school education with them. To ensure stable access to health care for all Texans, we need to restore funds cut from GME and support new GME programs in the specialties that best reflect the state’s health care needs.

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