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Singer Bill Addressing Doctor Shortage in New Jersey Advances, Heads to Governor for Approval

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Legislation originated and sponsored by Senator Robert Singer to draw more doctors to needed areas in New Jersey through a physician loan redemption program was advanced today by the Senate and will now head to the governor’s desk for approval.

“It’s been shown that loan forgiveness programs have great influence in determining which practice medical students choose,” said Singer (R- Monmouth, Ocean). “Making certain New Jersey offers these types of incentives is more important than ever as communities across the state face a significant shortage of physicians and a growing demand for care.”

Senator Singer’s legislation is based on a recommendation in a report issued by the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. The report found medical students give great weight to loan redemption programs and that New Jersey is facing significant future shortages in both primary care and several specialty areas. In eleven years there is a projected 12 percent shortfall in the physician supply versus the likely population demand for services.

The bill, S162/A4507, provides for redemption of qualifying loan expenses for physicians in specialties that are projected to experience a significant shortage, so long as they work in New Jersey for 4 years in designated underserved areas. The legislation also provides tax incentives to employers who hire these new doctors.

“I thank my Assembly colleagues and physician advocates for their collaboration and work in advancing this important measure,” Singer added. “This is an issue we can’t afford to delay. If we want to make certain that all communities are offered sufficient care we have to start addressing this problem before it becomes a crisis.”

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