New Jersey may have more medical residents than the national average, but a national study points to problems that an outdated system causes for the state. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that New Jersey ranks 15th among the states in the number of medical residents it has per 100,000 population.
With a federal cap of 29.31 medical residents per 100,000 people, New Jersey is slightly above the national average.
But the report points out problems with the national system of allocating Medicare funding to pay for residency slots. A 1997 federal law caps the number of residency positions at each hospital, leaving some hospitals in New Jersey with a limited number of young doctors training to meet the state’s future heathcare needs.
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