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N.S. ponders tuition proposal as it pushes for more local seats at med school

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Nova Scotia’s health minister says a Liberal call to pay tuitions for 20 students at Dalhousie University’s medical school is a good one, but similar to a government initiative already underway.The Liberals say the move should be made in exchange for a commitment from graduates to work in underserviced areas of the province for five years.

Health Minister Chris d’Entremont says talks are ongoing to increase the number of spots available to Nova Scotia applicants at the medical school.

He says the province also wants a say in student specialties in order to address the health-care system’s needs.

But he says whether the province will pay the full shot for students will be decided later.

The extra seats are expected to be created at Dalhousie when New Brunswick creates its own medical school, a project d’Entremont says is likely three to four years away.

-with a report from CP 

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