On May 2, Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 684, which includes appropriations for the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce's programming. Budget highlights for the GBPW include:
- $1,732,569 - Increase funds for 99 new residency slots in primary care medicine
- $750,000 - Provide funds for new fellowship positions at Augusta University in the following areas: vision (retinal and glaucoma), cancer, neurology (Alzheimer's disease and stroke/vascular) and aging
- $130,000 - Provide funds for malpractice insurance premium assistance for physicians with a practice in underserved counties that currently have one or less physicians
- $200,000 - Increase funds for the start-up of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine South Georgia campus and develop a long-term plan for expansion in Georgia
to see a full breakdown of the GBPW's appropriation.