Medical doctors; joint subcommittee to study current and impending severe shortage thereof. (HJ47)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; severe shortage of medical doctors; report. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study the current and impending severe shortage of medical doctors in Virginia. The joint subcommittee shall consider the impact of the current and impending shortage of medical doctors on the health care system in the Commonwealth, and identify options to prepare for and remedy the shortage. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall, among other things, (i) determine whether a shortage of medical doctors exists in the Commonwealth per specialty and geographical region; (ii) identify and assess factors that contribute to the shortage of medical doctors, including medical school admissions, the costs of medical education, and the effect of excessive malpractice insurance premiums, malpractice laws and caps, the shortage of nurses, and ancillary regulations such as the Certificate of Public Need; and (iii) identify the medical specialties primarily affected by the shortage of doctors and recommend ways to alleviate such problems. The joint subcommittee must submit its findings and recommendations to the 2009 Session and its final findings and recommendations to the 2010 Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/26/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088170692
12/26/2007Referred to Committee on Rules
02/12/2008Left in Rules