Bill Aims To Boost Rural Doctors

Legislation that aims to help the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University foster more doctors for rural areas has been introduced into the U.S. Senate.

Senator Kay Hagan co-sponsors the bill, which directly names the Brody School of Medicine in Greenville. A press release from the senator says the bill would give the medical school the resources to expand rural doctor training programs.

Sen. Hagan says only about 10 percent of doctors practice in rural areas, though they are home to nearly 25 percent of the population.

To read more about the bill, click here.

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  • by Thank You Mr. President Location: Underserved Rural Area, AKA, The Sticks on Aug 14, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    Maybe the Feds or the State should give these metropolitan-minded physicans $200,000 checks on top of their salary to entice them to live and work in rural areas. NOT! Actually, intially I was against the President's government run health care. But now, I can see some of these outragous doctor salaries decreasing in his plan as part of the "socialization of America" theme. That reduction in these half million dollar Greenville/ECU salaries will eventually level the playing field so some of these MDs will find rural areas an acceptable place to live/work.
  • by h.n. browncow Location: g'ville on Aug 14, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    Gov't money for healthcare?! The horror! The horror!
  • by kathy Location: hyde on Aug 14, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    I thought one of the main purposes of the ECU med school WAS to train and encourage primary care/rural physicians. I am not surprised that newly trained MDs have no desire to practice in rural areas. Private practices are extremely expensive to run. They need insurance clerks, lab techs, xray techs, bookkeepers, nurses and the list goes on. These new physicians have enormous school debt and face it...primary care/rural heath care practices don't take in the money like those in larger cities and near hospitals. I worked with my dad who was the only physician in the area for years. When he decided to retire we thought it would be easy to sell the practice. Were we ever wrong! It seems no one wants to live in such an isolated area. And one can't blame them.

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