Governor: Help more doctors pay off loans

Some of the highest earners in the state may get taxpayer money to pay off their debts. Drew Mikkelsen finds out why lawmakers say giving doctors money will help the entire state.

TACOMA, Wash. – More than 100 medical school graduates would qualify for state funding to pay off college debts under a proposal from Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

In exchange for debt relief, the doctors and dentists would need to work in communities considered "underserved," with either rural or low-income patients.

Inslee's budget proposal calls for restoring funding the state greatly reduced in 2010.

Molly Firth, with the Community Health Network of Washington, said restoring the $4 million a year for loan repayments would provide doctors for thousands of patients later this year.

"We have a primary care shortage in our state," said Firth, "We need to make sure people who need access to care get that care."

The governor's proposal has support on both sides of the aisle.


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