Monday, February 06, 2012

Kansas dental groups hope loan repayment program will attract dentists to rural areas

Two Kansas dental groups plan to start a college-loan repayment program that will entice dentists to locate in rural areas of the state. Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation and the Kansas Dental Association will use $150,000 to send three dentists to western Kansas where there is "inadequate coverage by dentists, who often are reluctant to locate in areas without a potential client base sufficient to balance revenues with operation costs and education loans," reports Tim Carpenter of The Capital-Journal.

Participants would have to work in a rural communities for three to four years to receive $50,000 for repaying their student loans. The program was modeled after a similar one in Iowa which indicated that incentives draw dentists to "difficult-to-attract" locations. But with some dental school graduates racking up $165,000 in loans, it's hard to convince them to move to sparsely populated places, and some say adding three dentists a year in places would still not meet demand. Delta Dental and KDA hope to have a list of applicants by May. (Read more)

1 comment:

Chandler dentist said...

In my own point of view, I think there's nothing wrong with that. If those dentists think that they will be more effective on there, then they should pursue and go. My Chandler dentist will also do the same thing as well, given a chance.