The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced a $200m federal stimulus fund to recruit more doctors and clinicians to work in underserved areas.

The money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help students of primary care, medical, dental and mental health to repay their loans.

Any students that sign up for the scheme will have to work in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for a minimum of two years.

The new funds are expected to increase healthcare providers in the NHSC by about 3,300 and increase the number of clinicians in areas where the need is greatest.

Doctors will be eligible to receive about $50,000 for loan repayments along with a competitive salary under the programme.

NHSC has provided scholarships and loan repayments for more than 30,000 healthcare professionals who offer healthcare services for underserved patients in isolated and rural facilities.