Medicare and Graduate Medical Education.
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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The federal government subsidizes graduate medical education GME--the training of medical residents--in amounts that are expected to exceed 6 billion for fiscal year 1995. The bulk of those subsidies are payments that the Medicare program makes to teaching hospitals hospitals with residency training programs. Medicares GME payments are projected to grow to more than 7.5 billion in 2000. That annual figure is a substantial amount of money for a controversial program--or really, a pair of programs--that pay more to a teaching hospital the more residents it has. Given current concerns about both the federal budget in general and the solvency of Medicare in particular, this is an opportune time to reevaluate the arguments for and against those GME payments and to consider various policy options.
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