Castor Bill Calls for Funding for Doctors BY Roxanne Escobales

02/21/07
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When it comes to the number of doctors in training compared to the state’s population, Florida ranks in the bottom end, at number 43 out of the 50 states. To get the number of resident physicians to a respectable level, we’d need almost 14-hundred more doctors. US Congresswoman Kathy Castor calls this a “crisis.”

 

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While Castor has co-sponsored around 25 bills, Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2007 is her first primary bill.

 

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Tampa General acts as a teaching hospital for the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. TGH has funding for 200 residents, yet it employs 270. Salaries start at 45-thousand dollars a year and rise to 55-thousand dollars toward the end of the residency.

 

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Co-sponsoring the legislation with Castor is the Congressman from Miami, Democrat Kendrick Meek. In the Senate, Florida Senator Bill Nelson will team up with majority leader Harry Reid from Nevada.

 

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On Tuesday, Castor teamed up with Republican Florida Congressmen Connie Mack and Vern Buchanan to file a bill asking for 90 million dollars of federal money to study the causes of red tide. That would triple the amount currently spent on this type of research.

 

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Freshman Congresswoman Kathy Castor has kept herself busy, co-sponsoring bills and sitting on committees such as the Armed Services Committee. Within the next few weeks, she will unveil her latest primary bill to expand funding for children’s healthcare, an issue she championed while on the Hillsborough County Commission.

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