Webb County may soon be seeing a lot more doctors in the area because of a new program offering incentives for physicians. Today State Representative Richard Raymond became an honorary doctor in a ceremony at the Gateway Community Health Center.
Raymond worked on a recently passed bill that will attract 900 new doctors to Texas over the next four years through a physician loan repayment program.
Richard Peña Raymond, State Representative: “It was a good way to put the two together. Help them pay for their education and help them come to an area where we need more doctors. It was a good idea and I knew it was going to be tough but thankfully in the end we were able to get that passed.”
Laredo is expecting to get a lot more primary care physicians as a result of this program. At the ceremony Representative Raymond was presented with the legislative champion award for his part in improving health care not only in Laredo but also in the entire state.