California has recently made a big move to help squash the growing physician shortage.
The Golden State is offering to pay off all medical school debt of physicians who have pledged to spend 30% of their time helping Medi-Cal patients for at least five years. California has around $340 million budgeted for the repayment program. While this pledge might mean a lower starting salary, it helps to eliminate thousands of dollars of medical school debt. They also have a chance to make an impact on those in their community who are less fortunate.
The program is making huge steps towards fighting the shortage of health professionals in the state. The leading cause of their shortage is due to the fact that the state’s health care program for the poor has quickly outpaced the number of available physicians that accept those patients.
According to the California Future Health Workforce Commission, more than 60% of California’s medical students left the state in 2017 for their schooling. The California Commission has proposed a plan worth $3 billion that will run its course over the next ten years to help address the looming healthcare crisis.
With the strides that California is making to help with the growing shortage of physicians, they are genuinely making an impact. With this growing opportunity for medical students, there will be more chances available to them. More medical schools in California are increasing their incoming class sizes to help counteract the growing shortage, which is, in turn, offering many more students an affordable education in the state. And with the pledge to work with lower-income patients, these medical students have the opportunity to impact their community positively.
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