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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

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