• AAFP Advocacy Focus: Graduate Medical Education (GME)

    Overview

    With the creation of the Medicare program in 1965, a funding stream was established to support the training of medical residents in support of Medicare beneficiary care. Today, Medicare remains the single largest payer of graduate medical education, with expenditures totaling about $9.5 billion annually.

    Why We Fight

    The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, funded since 2011, is vital to family medicine. Teaching health centers increase the numbers of primary care physicians and dentists training to care for underserved populations nationwide. But without continued federal funding, most of them would be unlikely to maintain residency recruitment and enrollment, threatening the initial program investments and even the viability of the program itself.

    For more about the value of THCs, watch this video.




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