Medicare Graduate Medical Education Policy and the Primary Care Provider Workforce

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Working in support of the availability of a viable primary care workforce for underserved communities is an important priority for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Demand for primary care services will continue to increase, especially when considering calls for an overhaul of the national health care system and the increased needs of the many that in recent months have become unemployed and lost insurance benefits. In addition, there are still serious problems with the unequal distribution of health care professionals to rural and inner city urban areas. Many inner-city and rural communities continue to struggle to recruit and retain an adequate number of primary care health professionals to provide high-quality care.


Healthcare Workforce Crisis: A Summit on the Future of Primary Care in Rural and Urban America, August 10-12, 2009, Washington, DC.

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