Griffo, Buttenschon announce plan to address doctor shortage

The legislators spoke about offering incentives like tuition benefits and tax abatement to attract doctors to the state.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 2:21 PM

UTICA, NY – Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon are proposing a new program to address a shortage of physicians across New York State, especially in rural areas.

Friday morning the legislators spoke about offering incentives like tuition benefits and tax abatement to attract doctors to the state. In return, the physicians would have to commit to staying and working in the area for a certain amount of time.

According to a news release, the initiative spearheaded by Griffo and Buttenschon would:

- Improve the Doctors Across New York program, which helps train and place physicians in underserved communities.

- Allow students enrolled in a state-supported medical school to participate in the Excelsior Scholarship program.

- Expand START-UP NY options to primary care to allow physicians looking to establish a primary care office in the field of primary care services to access the START-UP NY program.

“The Doctors Across New York program has been successful in attracting physicians to underserved areas throughout the state,” says Griffo. “However, our state continues to experience doctor shortages in both urban and rural. communities It is my hope that, as a result of this initiative that I have developed along with Assemblywoman Buttenschon and medical experts, we will be able to recruit and retain doctors and improve the quality and availability of healthcare for all New Yorkers.”

“As many upstate families know, it’s difficult to find specialists or primary care doctors that are accepting new patients or whose practices are close to them,” says Buttenschon. “While the Doctors Across New York program has helped attract medical professionals to the state, we must do more to ensure upstate communities – both urban and rural – have access to affordable, high-quality health care. I look forward to working with Deputy Minority Leader Griffo to find new ways to encourage out-of-state doctors to set up practices here and New York doctors to remain in the state.”

The State Legislature would have to approve this proposal.

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