Medical Student Debt
With the median annual tuition for medical students now exceeding $32,000 at public medical schools and $50,000 at private institutions, rising educational costs and a resulting increase in student debt have emerged as significant barriers for primary care physicians entering the profession.
To meet this challenge, the AAFP has called for expanded funding for federal loan and scholarship programs that target family medicine and primary care. We also support the deferment of interest and principal payments on medical student loans until after completion of postgraduate training. We further recommend that the interest on medical student loans be deductible on federal tax returns.
Separately, the AAFP has continued to support the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which offers scholarships or loan repayment as incentives for physicians to enter primary care settings that serve Americans in rural and underserved areas. By addressing medical school debt burdens, the NHSC also helps ensure wider access to medical education opportunities.
AAFP Letter to Sen. Sanders on Expanding Primary Care Access & Workforce Act - April 8, 2014
NHSC Stakeholders Joint Letter to Congress on Reauthorization - April 4, 2014(3 page PDF)
Friends of HRSA Joint Letter to Congress on 2015 Appropriations - March 26, 2014(4 page PDF)
Statement to Appropriations Committee on Funding for the Dept. of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education - March 28, 2104(5 page PDF)
Coalition Letter to Congress on Health and Education Spending in Fiscal Year 2015 - March 13, 2014(27 page PDF)
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