Study shows NY medical residents get most support

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new study shows New York getting 20 percent of Medicare’s graduate medical funding, compared with 29 states getting less than 1 percent each though some face severe doctor shortages.

Researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services say New York doesn’t lack physicians. But it received $2 billion out of $10 billion available in 2010 federal funding to support residencies.

Lead author Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan faults “the rigid formula” governing the system that sends “a disproportionate share” of the federal investment in the physician work force to certain states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The program pays teaching hospitals to provide residency training.

The report Monday notes most new physicians set up a practice near where they trained.

Its authors say the formula should change. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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