Our friends at the New York World have just published a great story about how a lack of funding threatens the ability of medical students to become doctors. It’s focused on New York, but there’s plenty of reporting in the story to show how this is a national problem:
“Medical schools have increased enrollment in anticipation of rising demand for doctors. A shortfall of funding for residencies could strand many future doctors-to-be: they’ll earn medical degrees, but without enough residency positions to go around. And a doctor cannot obtain a license to practice without completing a residency.
Funding for medical residencies, most of which comes from Congress via Medicare, remains frozen at 1990s levels, and is only getting scarcer.”
To read the rest of the story, go to the New York World.