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AAMC Applauds Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell; Calls for Congress to Address Physician Shortage

Washington, D.C., June 25, 2015AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of the federal government in the case of King v. Burwell:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is important for the 6 million Americans who have been able to purchase health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA is an important step toward an improved health care system with greater access to care. Preserving subsidies for affordable coverage will go a long way to ensuring that all Americans can get the health care they need.

With affordable coverage secured for more patients, the AAMC will continue its work to ensure that America has enough doctors to care for our aging and growing population. With record numbers of baby boomers entering the Medicare program, the United States faces a shortage of 46,000-90,000 doctors—by 2025. Shortages will exist in both primary and specialty care, but shortages of specialists, such as general surgeons, oncologists, and psychiatrists will be especially acute. Because training a doctor takes between five and 10 years, we must act now if we are going to avoid serious physician shortages in the future.

The AAMC looks forward to working with the president and members of Congress to address the doctor shortage to make sure that all Americans can receive the care they need when they need it.”

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.