Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California Praise Funding of Three-Year, $100 Million Program to Train Primary Care Physicians in Under-Served Communities

State General Fund Allotment Meant to Address Physician Shortage

January 04, 2017 01:09 PM Eastern Standard Time

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A three-year, $100 million allotment from California’s General Fund will tackle the shortage and training of primary care physicians in the state’s medically underserved areas, a move advocated by the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California among several health care groups.

The Song-Brown Program, a grant within the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, will support residency programs for primary care physicians in rural areas and Central Valley cities, making medical care more convenient and accessible for thousands of Californians. The support may materialize as either the establishment of new training facilities or repurposing existing facilities or clinics.

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