Medical doctors; Joint Commission on Health Care to study current and impending shortage in State. (HJ689)

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. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall (i) determine whether a shortage of medical doctors exists in the Commonwealth, by specialty and by geographical region; (ii) project the future need for medical doctors in Virginia over the next 10 years by field of specialty; and  (iii) 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 (iv) identify the medical specialty fields primarily affected by the shortage of doctors and recommend ways to alleviate such shortages. The joint subcommittee must submit its preliminary findings and recommendations to the 2014 Session of the General Assembly and its final findings and recommendations to the 2015 Session. Read the Bill »


02/19/2013: Passed the Senate


01/09/2013Presented and ordered printed 13100662D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Rules
01/16/2013Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/24/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 0-N)
01/31/2013Reported from Rules with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Committee substitute printed 13104143D-H1
02/04/2013Taken up
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104143D-H1
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HJ689H1
02/04/2013Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/04/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Reading waived
02/05/2013Referred to Committee on Rules
02/14/2013Reported from Rules
02/18/2013Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/19/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ689ER)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 25 seconds.