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Proposal Aims At Attracting Doctors To Under-Served Parts Of State

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State lawmakers are considering a $10 million proposal to help attract and retain physicians in parts of Connecticut that are suffering from shortages.

A news conference to discuss the proposed financial assistance to medical practices is scheduled for Wednesday at the state Capitol. The General Assembly’s Commerce Committee is holding a public hearing Thursday on the bill.

Dr. Michael M. Krinsky, president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, said there’s a misperception that all doctors are rich. He said physicians are under great financial pressure because of declining reimbursement rates and often have trouble luring new doctors to their practices and affording new medical equipment and electronic medical records upgrades.

The Department of Economic and Community Development is still reviewing the bill.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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