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House Leaders Begin to Tackle Medical Education

Brady and McMorris Rodgers explore modernizing Graduate Medical Education

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Washington, August 4, 2015 | comments

Washington, DC — Congressman Kevin Brady, (R-TX) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash), today sent a letter to Eugene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office to evaluate the current structure of our Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs and provide recommendations for improvements. The letter was signed by 27 members of both the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees.

Congressman Brady noted, “Taxpayers contribute a significant amount of money to our current Graduate Medical Education programs and many medical students rely on the program for their residencies. We owe it to our future doctors and our future generations to ensure that modern training and funding is in place to combat any potential doctor shortage.”

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers added,

“We want to deliver the best possible health care to every community. It’s vital that the makeup of our residency programs reflect the needs of the nation as a whole. This marks the first step in what we expect will be a thorough process that examines what is wrong and explores what can be done to improve our graduate medical education infrastructure.” 

Background: Graduate Medical Education programs span our federal government, including the Indian Health Service, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The Federal government spends approximately $15 billion on financing for these programs—with the majority of funding coming from the Medicare program. Congressman Kevin Brady and Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers hope to have further discussions with the medical community on the status of our Graduate Medical Education programs while they await the Government Accountability Office study. The letter to Comptroller Dodaro can be found here

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