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Gov. Walker talks about expanding rural health care

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - One part of the Governor Scott Walker's plan to create jobs is improving rural access to health care. He outlined the plan at Prairie du Chien Memorial hospital Monday.

The governor says there is a growing need for health care professionals especially in rural areas.

His plan is a two-pronged approached. The first would give more money to help expand medical schools in rural areas. The second would help fund residency training in rural areas since 80% of physicians end up practicing within 50 miles of their residency.

"This announcement is a big and significant investment in what is going to be a huge challenge in this state to take care of our patients and families over the next 20-30 years," said the President of the Wisconsin Hospital Association Steve Brenton.

Governor Walker is planning to announce initiatives related to law enforcement Tuesday.

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