The problem of a shortage of care is particularly challenging for community-health clinics, which are experiencing major increases in patient demand as a result of Medicaid expansion this year [“What’s troubling mental health,” Opinion, Aug. 17].
Before funding was cut, the student loan repayment program was a vital and successful tool for recruiting into the community-health setting and rural areas, and combating the pull of lucrative specialty care.
It was also a great way to recognize providers who want to give back to their communities. Restoring this funding in the upcoming legislative session would be a wise investment, given its proven effectiveness and the great need.
Douglas Spingelt, MHA, Vice President, Operations, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle