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Proposed Arizona bill would alleviate state's physician shortage

Posted at 8:39 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 11:45:30-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Doctors are in high demand in Southern Arizona.

A proposed bill moving through the state house could help alleviate that shortage.

Tucson Medical Center says Arizona has less than half the primary care doctors it needs - based on the state's population.

The problem is reportedly worse in rural areas like Cochise County, Santa Cruz County, and Yuma.

TMC says some of that shortage is because only 42 percent of doctors who graduate from the University of Arizona stay and work in the state.

Senate Bill 1354 would split 50 million dollars between five programs to entice doctors to stay.

Those programs would help pay for residencies, medical programs, loan forgiveness, and nurse training.

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