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Doctor Shortage Makes New Hampshire "Sicko"

July 12, 2007

The family doctor is becoming an endangered species in New Hampshire. With up to 85 vacancies in community health centers, hospitals, and private practice all across the state, local recruiters say they are caught between a national shortage of primary care practitioners and states with deeper pockets for incentives. Recruitment director Stephanie Pagliuca at the Bi-State Primary Care Association says many new doctors are drawn to New Hampshire's quality of life, but that isn't always enough.

“They're facing increased debt when they're coming out of training that's taking them longer to pay off, so they're also looking for financially viable positions that offer incentives such as loan repayment.”

Pagliuca warns that the shortage could continue as long as there are not enough practitioners being trained.

“We have national competition; we have these regional programs not turning out enough health professionals. So, the training of health professionals nationally is a factor.”

This year the legislature increased funding for loan repayment programs, but it may not be enough. While New Hampshire doctors qualify for up to $40,000 over two years in loan repayment assistance, competing states like Vermont can offer $120,000 over six years.

John Robinson, Public News Service - NH