Statement on CMS Proposal on Medicaid Graduate Medical Education
Executive Vice President
American Hospital Association
May 21, 2007
The CMS proposal cuts back on Medicaid's historic commitment to train the physicians that serve in America's hospitals and care for all patients. It is the wrong proposal at the wrong time. With America aging and physicians in short supply, it doesn't make sense to cut back on vital funds to help train the next generation of healers.
Today, more and more Americans are faced with chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis. And with aging Baby Boomers, the situation is expected to get worse. By 2030, more than six out of 10 will suffer multiple chronic illness. This will drive up physician and hospital visits and physicians will be in greater demand than ever.
Both the Senate and the House have already rejected this proposal, yet the Administration continues to ignore Congressional intent. We continue to ask Congress to reject misguided proposals that reduce hospitals' ability to train physicians. The health care needs of America demand a strong supply of well-trained physicians. That's why America's hospitals will fight for this important funding that will ensure tomorrow's physicians are there for all patients.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
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