Increasing the number of rural physicians

Rourke, James
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/29/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 3, p322
Academic Journal
. The author reflects on the proposal to increase the number of rural physicians in Canada and in the U.S. for better health care services. He assesses that the proposal would require more rural undergraduate medical education and rural focused postgraduate training, enhanced return-of-service programs, and improved financial incentives for rural practice. He believes that the factors affecting declining physicians include, education, practice, financial, regulatory, community and personal.


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