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Authors

Katherine Huang

Abstract

As a key determinant of health care cost, access, and quality, the physician workforce in the United States has become increasingly scrutinized by policymakers seeking to align workforce supply with health care needs. Graduate Medical Education, a prerequisite for entry into the medical profession, directly shapes the size and distribution of the physician workforce and is also funded largely by federal dollars. By establishing an all-payor trust fund to finance Graduate Medical Education and allocating such funds according to health care demand, the federal government may be able to achieve a physician workforce that can further the nation's goals of providing access to quality, cost-effective health care.

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