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Federal government’s $1 billion effort to recruit next generation of doctors at risk

May 12, 2023

Thousands of women living in rural, eastern Maryland have few options when they’re looking for someone to deliver their babies.

The local hospital doesn’t have an obstetrics doctor on staff so most women in this region, flanked by sprawling farm fields and antique stores, turn to the Chesapeake Health Care clinic.

Five of the 10 obstetricians and midwives at the clinic are there because of the National Health Service Corps, which promises to pay off $50,000 in medical school debt for every two years that a doctor serves working in rural, urban or poor areas.

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