President Donald Trump has proposed a change to federal medical school rules that would make it easier for doctors to earn more than $150.
The move comes after Trump signed legislation last month that would eliminate the requirement for students to pass a two-year medical education requirement.
It would also make it harder for doctors who are understaffed to get their degrees and would allow them to earn a much lower salary.
“As the number of American doctors continues to shrink, the medical education system has to grow to meet the needs of our future workforce,” Trump said in a statement on the legislation.
“This proposal will help the American public get the best medical education they can get while preserving a competitive pay scale for the best and brightest medical students.”
The Department of Education says the new salary requirement is aimed at keeping medical school affordable for students and employers alike.
“The Department believes that our medical education program is already in the best shape it has ever been and we have a lot of work to do to ensure that it remains so,” a spokesman for the agency told The Associated Press.
The White House also proposed an increase in medical school tuition at public universities, but the measure hasn’t yet made it to the House of Representatives.