FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — America’s Essential Hospitals thanks Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) for their bipartisan leadership to support our nation’s teaching hospitals and the next generation of health care professionals.
Their legislation, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, responds to a growing physician shortage that threatens access to health care for all Americans, especially vulnerable people in underserved communities.
The bill also would provide needed support for essential hospitals, which train nearly seven times as many physicians as other U.S. teaching hospitals—an average of 35 residents beyond their graduate medical education funding cap.
We urge Congress to pass this important legislation quickly to ensure the nation can meet the demand for high-quality health care for all.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
Our nearly 300 members are vital to their communities, providing primary care through trauma care, disaster response, health professional training, research, public health programs, and other services. They innovate and adapt to lead the broader health care community toward more effective and efficient care.