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Rural Physician Grant Program

April 29, 2021
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WRITTEN BY Joshua Mueller

Missouri counties with the greatest healthcare needs (i.e., areas with the highest prevalence of health conditions and a relatively low abundance of providers) are predominantly rural and located south of the Missouri River.

Recruitment and retention of physicians in these areas can be difficult; in response to ongoing and projected physician shortages, several programs, including student training grants and loan repayment, have been enacted to promote healthcare workforce development.

HB 906 would establish a rural primary care physician grant program, which would pay $10,000/year to primary care physicians who agree to practice in underserved rural areas for five years.

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