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In order to stem financial bleeding and ultimately rehabilitate the ailing municipal patient known as D.C. General Hospital, the Public Benefit Corp. board has proposed various treatments. Among other cost-saving measures, the board has suggested “employment of National Health Service Corps physicians” at D.C. General. Remember malcontent Dr. Joel Fleischman in Northern Exposure? Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Service Corps entices medical professionals to underserved rural and urban areas by offering lucrative loan-repayment packages in exchange for lower salaries. But according to a July 30 New York Times article, the program has recently run out of money. That situation has left many physicians—and the medical facilities that hoped to hire them—in the lurch. —Elissa Silverman

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