Should the US Congress use a portion of the $700B bailout plan to target health care professionals? Absolutely, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the government to leverage payment for service.
Like so many other Americans, thousands of young doctors will be eager to avoid a cash flow crunch caused by excessive debt. If the government partitions part of the funds to service medical school debt they would be able to make demands on the payment outside of the normal terms of a bank loan. For instance, service of medicare patients, service in remote communities, county hospital coverage and primary care practice. Terms that might help alleviate some of the health care crisis. In effect, the government would be retrospectively paying to train physicians using the same money they are already committing.
If the work is not what the a young doctor is looking for in life, repayment will be quick with low risk on accepting the loan. On the other hand, some physicians may find a niche that they enjoy.
Either way, it's a win-win for the tax payer and physician.