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California’s Gambit to Keep Its Doctors: Brainstorm Health

Hello and happy hump day, readers!

It's no secret that America has a doctor shortage. Rural areas of the country, and plenty of places in between, must grapple with a dearth of physicians, and patients often have to drive miles out of their way in order to contact a health care provider.

The irony is that there's actually a boom in the job market for physicians. But, as my colleague Chris Morris reports, things can get complicated in even the most populous of states. Case in point: California, which is now offering to pay off medical school debt in hopes that physicians who serve low-income patients on programs like Medicaid don't leave the state.

" To qualify for the program, physicians and dentists must pledge 30% of their caseloads will be focused on low-income Medi-Cal patients for a five year period. That might mean a lower initial salary, but it also eliminates debt that can run several hundred thousands of dollars per doctor," Chris writes.

California has one of the more generous approaches to public health policy in the country, including coverage for young undocumented immigrants.

Read on for the day's news.

Sy Mukherjee, @the_sy_guy,


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