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.