by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Hoping to keep millions of dollars on Guam instead of being spent for airfare and medical care off-island, Senator Tony Ada is the primary sponsor behind a pair of healthcare bills. Bill 274 seeks to provide an incentive for doctors to practice locally by paying their student loans for several years.
He told KUAM News, "They have to sign for three years and we'll be paying their monthly education loan for that period of time and if they stay longer, then we'll pay for the longer period up to ten years…it looks like it's going to have to be a direct appropriation from the legislature. I mean it's going to be a win-win situation for Guam and it's going to be a win-win situation for the people."
Bill 275 also seeks to provide qualifying certificates for certain medical specialties that are not available on-island.