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Central province devises cash incentives to lure extra doctors

Update: March, 14/2014 - 09:22
Doctors already holding an MA degree will receive an allowance of VND300-350 million ($14,200-16,600).— File Photo

QUANG NAM (VNS)— Quang Nam Province has come up with an incentive scheme to attract more doctors to its hospitals.

Highly trained medics - those with a PhD - who agree to work in the central province of Quang Nam will receive a one-off payment of up to VND500 million (US$23,800), according to a new decision of the provincial People's Committee.

However, they must pledge to stay in the province for 12-18 years.

Doctors already holding an MA degree will receive an allowance of VND300-350 million ($14,200-16,600).

And those who recently graduated from medical universities will receive VND200-250 million ($9,500-11,900), depending on their qualifications.

The doctors will be added to the permanent staff at the province's public hospital without any exam.

Doctors with a PhD degree should not be more than 45 years old. Those with an MA should not be more than 40. However, doctors with lots of experience can be over 45.

If the doctors volunteer to work in hospitals in poor remote districts, such as Nong Son, Tien Phuoc and Bac Tra My, they will receive one additional payment of VND20-80 million ($950-3,800).

The doctors will also be given VND100 million ($4,700) to build their own accommodation in the province. This will be paid when they receive land-use rights certificate from local authorities.

After two years of working, the doctors will be sent for further study.

The regulations will not apply to doctors who used to work in the province, then moved out and now want to come back. — VNS

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