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USC Pre-Med Students Nervous About Health Care Law

Pre-med students are unsure of how the bill will affect them. Pre-med students are unsure of how the bill will affect them.

By Matt Fitzpatrick

Posted April 5th, 2010 2:15 PM

Pre-med students at the University of South Carolina are nervously evaluating the Health Care Law to find out what changes it may bring to medical care.

Jared Stone is a USC emergency medical technician who graduated from USC in December and starts Wake Forest's Medical School this summer.  He, like many other students, is unsure exactly what changes the bill will bring.

"I'm a little nervous about it and discouraged that it was passed," says Stone. "I understand that there trying to cut costs and fix something that is clearly broken, but when you cut costs I feel like your cutting quality in a way that as an aspiring physician I don't want to see happen."

Laura Wilkinson is a freshman pre-med student at USC.  She is taking a positive outlook.

"Its supposed to create more jobs for primary care practioners which is good, that means more chances of getting a job once I get out of med school," says Wilkinson.

Eileen Korpita advises pre-med students applying to medical school.  She believes medical schools have already been taking steps to accommodate increasing numbers of prospective doctors.

"I think students are a little bit concerned about the number of jobs and whether or not medical school will be more competitive," says Korpita. "More medical schools [are] being built and more medical schools are also increasing the number of their students."

USC says there has been no change in the number of students enrolled in the pre-med program.

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