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Re: “Blue Cross backs UAMS scholarships

This is a band-aid program that, in no way adresses the shortage of primary care docs. The amount of the tuition over 4 years at UAMS is about $60,000, which may seem like a lot, but that's less than one years difference in salary between a PCP and most specialties. This money will go to someone who had already decided to be a rural PCP in the first place, not convince anyone away from, say, Cardiology. Arkansas already has a program to forgive loans for rural primary specialties.

The way to fix this is to bring specialist pay and PCP pay more in line, and eliminate some of the onerous insurance and paperwork that family physicians have to deal with. Two reasons PCPs will tell you they are getting out of the business. I am starting UAMS this fall, and there is no way I would get into primary care, both from a financial, and a quality of life reason.

Posted by nowonderc on 03/01/2011 at 2:01 PM

 

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