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Klobuchar offers health-care amendment for medical training

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Amy Klobuchar today introduced an amendment to the Senate health-care bill that would provide incentives and training programs for medical students who want to practice medicine in rural communities.

Rural areas face a shortage of doctors for many reasons, both economic and professional. Doctors affiliated with large hospitals in major metropolitan areas are paid significantly higher wages than their rural counterparts. Opportunities to specialize in just one area of medicine are uncommon in extremely rural areas served by sometimes just one doctor who must care for seniors, deliver babies and offer high school sports physicals.

“Right now we’re facing a shortage of primary care physicians in our rural communities,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “This amendment will help recruit and train a new generation of doctors to continue to provide quality health care to rural Minnesota.”

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