Medical Licensing Compact

The cost of health care in the United States has grown an average of 2.4 percent faster than the gross domestic product since 1970 and now represents 18 percent of the total GDP, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. One challenge contributing significantly to these costs is access to health care in hard-to-serve locations.  A possible solution to the challenge of providing medical services in hard-to-serve locations is a series of medical licensing compacts intended to reduce existing barriers to the process of gaining licensure in multiple states. 

In a recent article published in MedEd Update the American Medical Association (AMA) expressed support for a medical licensing compact.  In the article the AMA notes a “longstanding policy in support of increased efficiency and standardization in state licensing regulations.”

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