WASHINGTON, May 3, 2017: Influential Indian-American doctors will hold a meeting in Washington on Wednesday to push for legislative reforms to address the shortage of the physicians in the US and raise voice against the recent upsurge in hate crimes against the community.
The annual American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Legislative Day at the US Capitol will also focus on issues pertaining to health care reforms and green card backlog. AAPI is the largest organisation that represents Indian-American doctors in the country, said PTI.
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“There is an ongoing physician shortage, which affects the quality of care provided to American patients. There are patients who face lengthy delays in various specialities. This situation will only get worse in the years ahead,” states Dr Sampat Shivangi, chair of AAPI Legislative Affairs.
According to PTI reports, the legislation that was introduced in previous sessions of Congress will add 15,000 residency slots, training up to 45,000 more physicians, he said.
“By adding more residency positions today, Congress can train more physicians to treat patients in the future,” Shivangi added.
Noting that AAPI condemns all hate crimes against the Indian-American community, he further stated that the organisation recently dispatched a letter to Kansas legislators calling on them to enact a hate crimes law named after Srinivas Kuchibhotla.
– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse