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CMAJ. Apr 15, 1993; 148(8): 1281–1284.
PMCID: PMC1491713

Politics of rural health care: recruitment and retention of physicians.


The shortage of physicians in underserviced areas has been defined, and the causative recruitment and retention factors have been identified. The CMA report provides a framework for understanding these factors. Many can be modified, but this requires cooperation between physicians, communities, hospitals, medical schools, medical associations and governments. The development of a rural-practice master plan in each province would facilitate this process.

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