By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. Senator says the current scandal over delayed care at VA hospitals is bringing attention to the nation’s shortage of doctors.READ MORE: 3 Men Arrested In Connection To Assault Of Teen Outside Of Pleasantville Centerfolds Cabaret Before He Was Found Dead
Senator Bob Casey says the nation faces a shortage of 90,000 doctors by the year 2020. Standing before residents at Jefferson Hospital, Casey said a bill he has co-sponsored would remove the current cap on Medicare residency positions, providing 15,000 more slots by 2019. Casey also says having more doctors is worth the cost.
“I think this country can afford a billion dollars more a year over ten years to get this done,” he said.READ MORE: Mantua Man Stole Car, Debit Card Of Mount Laurel Woman Beaten To Death, Burlington County Prosecutor Says
Casey hopes the bill can see action before the end of the year.
“I do think that the problems at the VA create an opportunity for this kind of legislation to get more momentum,” he explained.
For now, the bill remains in the Senate Finance Committee.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Could Produce Enough Snow To Crack City’s Top 20 Snow Days