Can Tx Med Schools Produce More Primary Care Docs?

Should Texas medical schools be responsible for relieving the state’s primary care shortage? Advocates for family physicians think so.

They want state lawmakers to reward medical schools that groom young doctors for family medicine — and penalize those that don’t.

“From a public policy standpoint, why can’t we punish and incentivize taxpayer-supported medical schools to produce the doctors that we need?” asked Tom Banning, CEO of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. “It takes a decade to train a family physician, and the pipeline is already half empty.”

But to medical schools, a family practice quota system is ...

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