Dock the Docs

Welshing on student loans

Like many a rich relative, Uncle Sam lends a great deal of money and has a hard time collecting. But among the borrowers taking advantage of his largesse, none are more galling than medical doctors who have reneged on the federal student loans that helped make their lucrative careers possible. At hearings last week in Washington, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee put the spotlight on welshing physicians in hopes of making them pay up.

Established in 1963, the student loan program for the health professions allows would-be nurses, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists and podiatrists, as well as physicians, to...

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