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Kevin Dayaratna: Solve Physician Shortage with Temp Licenses for Med School Grads

June 22, 2017

Put medical school graduates who are shut out of residency programs to work by issuing them provisional licenses, says The Heritage Foundation's Kevin Dayaratna.

The United States is on track to experience a shortage of up to 100,000 physicians by 2030. States can attack this problem now by advancing a supply-side health care solution: issuing provisional licenses to medical school graduates who were unable to enter residency training programs upon graduating from medical school.

Kevin Dayaratna, senior statistician and research programmer at The Heritage Foundation, explains to Health Care News Podcast host Michael Hamilton how some states are already moving forward with this solution. Read Dayaratna's report, "Addressing the Physician Shortage by Taking Advantage of an Untapped Medical Resource," published by Heritage on May 31.
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