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HARTFORD — Connecticut officials are looking for ways to keep new doctors from leaving to practice in other states.

A 2015 report shows just 1 in 5 medical school graduates in Connecticut decided to remain in the state, ranking it 41 out of 50 states in new-graduate retention.

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, next year’s expected Speaker of the House, says he and other legislators expect to convene a working group of experts in January to review issues surrounding doctor retention and ways to help the medical industry.

Republican state Rep. Prasad Srinivasin, the General Assembly’s only physician, says he’s seen firsthand that new doctors are turned off by Connecticut’s cost of living and medical malpractice laws. He says he had trouble recruiting another allergist at his practice.

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