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McDermott Introduces Legislation To Address Need for Primary Care Physicians in the VA
"Given recent events, it is clear that long wait times at VA facilities are, in part, a consequence of understaffing and a doctor shortage. That's why I am introducing The RDOCS-VA Act to annually create 400 new VA physicians," said Congressman McDermott. "This legislation would provide medical school scholarships in exchange for a five-year commitment to serve at the VA. Success in our mission to care for America's Veterans will be largely measured by a corps of new primary care physicians that are ready to care for our warriors."
An Urgent Shortage of Primary Care Physicians at the VA
* The VA currently provides for loan repayment and scholarships that fund the education and training of a range of health providers through the
* Furthermore, recent proposals to reform the VA do not go far enough to emphasize training VA doctors who are committed to the practice of primary care medicine.
* As such, the VA recently estimated that it had about 400 unfilled vacancies for primary care doctors.
A Solution to the Shortage: The RDOCS-VA Act
* The RDOCS-VA Act will strengthen the
* Modeled after the successful ROTC program, RDOCS-VA will provide scholarships and stipends covering the full cost of attending medical school, in exchange for a five-year commitment to service as primary care doctors at the VA.
* RDOCS-VA is designed to directly address the VA's needs by requiring the annual creation of a minimum of 400 RDOCS-VA scholarships, with flexibility to award even more scholarships in the future.
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