Why medicare supports graduate medical education

        Congress and the Johnson Administration in 1965 created the Medicare program as “America’s national health insurance plan for its disabled and elderly populations” (

        Health Care Financing Administration. Medicare: A Brief Summary. Available at:

        ). To ensure that Medicare beneficiaries had access to high-quality care provided by an adequate supply of well-trained physicians, the program’s architects agreed Medicare should help support graduate medical education (GME).
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