Budget Rider Would Emphasize Primary Care

A controversial budget proposal would concentrate the money the state spends on graduate medical residencies into the doctors’ first three years of training — regardless of how long their residencies take to complete.

That means it would fully fund family physicians and internists, whose training takes three years — but not specialists like cardiologists and radiologists, who take four to seven years to train.   

Proponents say the budget rider would give residency programs an incentive to produce the primary care doctors Texas desperately needs, because those slots would be fully funded. They say residents who go into specialties that take longer than ...

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