National Health Service Corps

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National Health Service Corps (NHSC)

a program of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in which health care personnel are placed in areas that are underserved. The Corps was established by the Emergency Health Personnel Act of 1970. Nurses, physicians, and dentists serve in rural and urban areas, usually as employees of local health care agencies. The USPHS pays most of the salary of each corps member.

National Health Service Corps

A US government-sponsored body which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, division of Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, which provides scholarships and loan repayment (up to $50,000 every 2 years) for service in areas needing primary care physicians.
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And about 85 percent of National Health Service Corps clinicians continue to work in underserved communities for up to two years after they have completed their service commitment.
The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) loan repayment and scholarship programs awards are made by United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Services.
For further information, visit the National Health Service Corp website at http://nhsc.
Spitzgo, director of the National Health Service Corps.
The National Health Service Corps was founded in 1972 to address a primary care shortage.
For example, a recent exciting notice from the National Health Service Corps describes a new loan repayment program for part-time clinicians (applications are due May 25) and the 2010 scholarship program for careers in primary care (applications due June 1).
Other provisions include creating nurse managed clinics in primary care shortage areas, a demonstration provision for graduate nurse education which will allow Graduate Medical Education monies to be directed to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses education, monies for school based health centers, nurse-family home visit partnerships, creation of a national healthcare workforce commission, and increased funding for national health service corps.
With medical school paid for by the National Health Service Corps, Benjamin began a solo practice in Bayou La Batre.
However, Congress has created two exceptions to this rule: loan forgiveness for public service and payments under the National Health Service Corps loan repayment program.
The relief provided by these programs ranges from a modest debt forgiveness of $4,725 for a year of service in AmeriCorps or VISTA to a very generous loan repayment of up to $35,000 a year for service in the National Health Service Corps.
WNA member Kristin Baird, RN, MHA (Waukesha District #16) has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps in Washington, DC.
At the end of fiscal year 2005, the estimated number of physicians practicing in underserved areas through J-1 visa waivers exceeded the number practicing there through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)--HHS's primary mechanism for addressing physician shortages.

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