Cash incentives to lure doctors

THE people of Hervey Bay will feel the benefit of increased financial incentives to attract doctors and then keep them, thanks to the Rudd Government’s Rural Health Workforce Strategy.

Following the reclassification of Hervey Bay as “inner regional” from July 1, doctors may be eligible to receive retention grants for the first time, starting at $2500 after one year and growing to $12,000 after five years.

In addition, doctors who move to the Hervey Bay area from a major city may be eligible for a relocation grant of $15,000.

Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural And Regional Health And Regional Services Delivery, Warren Snowdon, are in Hervey Bay today to hear first-hand from local health professionals.

The Prime Minister and Minister Snowdon will tour the Hervey Bay Hospital, outlined the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission’s recommendations, and listen to local health professionals as they outline their priorities for the future of the health system.



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