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Monday, August 23, 2010 - 12:27pm

Med School To Senator: We Need More Space

Medical schools are worried about a lack of space as the demands for health care are expected to rise in coming years.

One school wants federal help.

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss visited Mercer University's Savannah campus Monday.

School officials told him how they want to double and triple the number of students, but can't because they don't have the space.

Georgia will need those students -- future doctors -- when millions of uninsured join health insurance rolls under federal health reform.

Chambliss says, the law didn't take schools' needs into account.

"That's one reason that I had hoped in any health care reform we would put incentives in there to get doctors in place," Chambliss says. "It's going to be harder to attract the brightest minds we that we have in America into being a practicing physician."

Obama administration officials are considering several proposals to deal with the growing doctor shortage.

Mercer University officials say, they'd like a million dollar appropriation to start work on expanding their Savannah campus, so they can move out of cramped temporary facilities.