May 8, 2023
|The Honorable Terri Sewell||The Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick|
|U.S. House of Representatives||U.S. House of Representatives|
|2201 Rayburn House Office Building||271 Cannon House Office Building|
|Washington, DC 20515||Washington, DC 20515|
Dear Congresswoman Sewell and Congressman Fitzpatrick:
On behalf of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Advocacy Coalition, the nearly 80 undersigned organizations offer our enthusiastic support for the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2023 (H.R. 2389). This bipartisan legislation is crucial to expanding the physician workforce and to ensuring that patients across the country are able to access quality care from providers.
The need for physicians continues to grow faster than supply, leading to an estimated shortfall of up to 124,000 primary care and specialty physicians by 2034.1 America’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and their physician partners are doing their part by investing in physician and health care provider training and leading innovations in new care delivery models that are more efficient and include better use of technologies that improve patient access to care. Even with these efforts, however, shortages and access challenges will persist unless we expand the physician workforce. With demand for physicians continuing to outpace supply as both the patient population and physician workforce continue to age – it is critical now more than ever that Congress build on recent bipartisan efforts and invest in training more doctors.