Too many doctors?

Or not enough primary care?

Programs to forgive medical school loans if newly-minted primary care doctors, geriatric specialists and palliative care docs agreed to practice in regions where physicians are needed (at last for a few years after graduation), this could go a long way toward redressing regional imbalances. Many would, no doubt, put down roots in their new communities, and wind up staying.

Many, in fact, won’t stay in underserved areas and will leave after their commitment is up. We need more primary care physicians everywhere, not just in remote, rural areas.

Forgive all loans to students who choose generalist careers without restriction on where they have the practice.

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