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Democrats sponsoring admendment to flood US hospitals with Indian doctors.

Numerous Democratic Senators and House members are sponsoring a Health Care amendment that the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is praising as a move to “enable” thousands of Indian doctors to flood US hospitals.


“On behalf of AAPI, we applaud the US Senators for supporting this vital amendment, which will add 15,000 residency slots over the next 10 years producing 40,000 new physicians,” said AAPI President Dr. Vinod K. Shah.

“This important amendment will enable Indian American physicians and qualified physicians of Indian origin the opportunity to receive world-class medical training and provide quality health care to millions of patients in the years ahead. We urge AAPI members and the Indian American community to support this important endeavor,” Dr. Shah said.

Due to provisions passed in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, no additional residency slots have been created in more than 12 years, resulting in a physician shortage, which is being exacerbated by the retirement of “baby boomers” and an unchanging physician population. As Medicare funds Graduate Medical Education (GME) positions, only Congress can change the total amount of residency slots, which currently stands at approximately 25,000.

Senate Amendment 2909 was filed on Dec 4, 2009 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL); Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY); Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA); Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); and Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT). The following U.S. Senators are cosponsors of Senate Amendment 2909: Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY); Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA); Herb Kohl (D-WI) ; Paul G. Kirk, Jr. (D-MA); Richard Durbin (D-IL); Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jack Reed (D-RI).