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Sen. Heller Introduces Two Bills To Reduce Doctor Shortage

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Nevada Senator Dean Heller, along with Florida Senator Bill Nelson, has introduced a bill to help employ more doctors in the Silver State.

The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act would increase the number of Medicare-supported hospital residency positions by 15,000 in an effort to address the looming physician shortage and keep graduates from Nevada’s medical schools in Nevada.

Heller says that Nevada will need to increase its number of doctors by 40% to keep up with the national average. This bill will also help shortages in rural communities.

Heller and Nelson also introduced the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act to make it easier for more hospitals to start full-time residency programs needed to train new physicians. This bill fixes a glitch in current policy that prevents hospitals that have previously accepted part-time medical residents from establishing their own full-time, Medicare-supported residency programs.

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