Two New Laws to Address Medical Staff Shortages

Two New Laws to Address Medical Staff Shortages

Downstate Illinois continues to deal with medical staff shortages, and two new laws are designed to address the problem.

According to a University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center study, rural populations are typically older and have more health needs than those living in urban areas, despite facing transportation and coverage shortages.  

Rep. Lance Yednock said one measure offers loan repayment assistance for physicians and nurses to work in rural areas.

Another measure allows any hospital in a county of fewer than 125-thousand residents to apply to the state health department to conduct operations from multiple locations within contiguous counties under one license.

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