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Feds to spend $250M on building primary care

It’s no secret there’s a critical shortage of primary care docs. Uncle Sam is trying to do something about it.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will invest $250 million over the next few years to increase the number of primary health care providers.

Among the planned uses for the money are:

  • Creating more primary care residency spots.
  • Encouraging states to develop their own programs to increase their local primary care workforce.
  • Supporting the training of more physician assistants in primary care.
  • Encouraging more students to pursue nursing degrees full-time.
  • Creating clinics run by nurse practitioners.

The spending is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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