CITIZEN VOICES® Citizens divided on healthcare scholarships – 107 participants

Aug 19, 2017

This year, a bill to create a healthcare scholarship program was shot down in the New Hampshire House. Read more about this issue. On August 19, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you support a state scholarship program for NH students pursuing careers in healthcare, provided they stay and work in the state for five years after graduation?”

Should NH implement a state healthcare scholarships program?

Healthcare Scholarships New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 107 participants gave 175 responses.

A total of 93% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 107 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 175 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: Half of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 50%, were opposed to a state scholarship program for students pursuing careers in healthcare.

  • “No. Let the employer sponsor it. Most already do. Keep the taxpayers and government out of it.”
  • “If someone wants to work in the healthcare industry they need to go out and work hard and earn a living.”
  • “It's impractical. It might sound good on paper but the implementation of it is a nightmare.”

Yes: Half of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 17%, were in favor of a state scholarship program for students pursuing careers in healthcare.

  • “Yes. We need healthcare workers. The VA alone would be a major benefactor.”
  • “It could help forge new careers for those children unable to afford higher education.”
  • “Yes. I'd support this sort of program in any field that we are seeing a shortage.”

Other:  As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Licensing: “I'm an occupational therapist who lives in NH but works in MA because the licensing requirements are ridiculous in NH.”
  • Scope: “Define ‘healthcare’.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

HB 606 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Jan 31, 2017

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