Teaching Hospitals Are Wary of Losing Federal Money in Reforms

Key Issues for Medical Educators in Health-Care Debate 1

Jay Premack for The Chronicle

Karen S. Fisher, of the Association of American Medical Colleges: "We remain concerned about the levels of [medical] coverage. … A disproportionate number of people who are left out will end up being treated at academic health centers."

As Congress inches closer to a showdown over legislation that would overhaul the nation's health-care system, medical educators are eyeing provisions that would expand the primary-care work force. And while they applaud the goal of extending health insurance to most Americans, some educators worry that teaching hospitals could lose millions of federal dollars they have counted on to compensate them for treating poor and uninsured patients.

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