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"Peace Corps for Doctors"

Today's Albany Times Union provides details on another component of the Governor's health care reform plan:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer wants to pay off the student loans of physicians who agree to serve rural and urban areas facing shortages of doctors, an administration official said Tuesday. The program referred to internally as a Peace Corps for doctors is expected to be part of Spitzer's State of the State speech on Wednesday, the second of his administration.

The measure, if approved and funded by the Legislature, is aimed at relieving a shortage of medical care in the northern part of the state as well as inner cities, the official said on the condition of anonymity because the speech isn't yet finished.

"Doctors Across New York" would provide grants to repay student loans and other unspecified inducements to reach a goal of providing a family doctor for every New York household, the official said.

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