Committee Hearing - The State of Primary Care Training

The number of primary-care physicians and other health professionals trained in the United States is shrinking, according to Government Accountability Office findings announced at a Senate committee hearing chaired by Senator Bernie Sanders. The nonpartisan research arm of Congress was asked to assess the state of primary-care training in the United States by Sanders and Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), the committee chairman. "It is beyond comprehension that America is not able to graduate the kinds of health professionals we need, and it is morally wrong that we are depleting the number of health-care providers from the poorer countries of the world," said Sanders.

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (l) speaks as Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy jots notes at a Senate health committee hearing on a shortage of primary care physicians.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont listens as Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts questions witnesses at a Senate health committee hearing.

Senators Wayne Allard of Colorado, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bernie Sanders of Vermont listed to a round-table discussion on health care issues.

Photos by John Klemmer for the U.S. Senate