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Doctors with borders: how can pediatricians be attracted to work in vulnerable areas?

Dec 27, 2010

Almost 1 million children in the United States live in communities without access to doctors. It's not due to a shortage of doctors, it's because medical professionals are choosing to practice in more affluent neighborhoods, leaving poorer communities without much needed medical services. The National Health Services Corps has been offering loan forgiveness to doctors who practice in underserved areas, but Dr. Scott Shipman of Dartmouth's Institute for Health Policy, says those efforts may not go far enough. His study on the topic shows that in nearly every state in the country a disparity exists in terms of the distribution of doctors. What can be done to bring more doctors to the underserved and what is the situation like here in Los Angeles?

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