Rural Healthcare

Rural Healthcare

We have to put people first, especially in rural Montana, where doctors are few and far between. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, 46 of Montana’s 56 counties are underserved by primary care doctors. Almost a third of Montana’s primary care doctors will retire by 2030, according to the Robert Graham Center. WWAMI, the University of Washington program to train doctors in western states helps some, but more needs to be done to encourage rural hospitals to open their doors to doctors in training. That’s why I support S 1873, the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act of 2021. This bipartisan bill would cut the red tape and the costs that burden rural hospitals that want to train more doctors. As your representative in Congress, I will place a priority on rural health care. We need more doctors, therapists, and clinical care in rural Montana. Making sure that rural Montanans can enjoy the medical care they deserve puts People Over Politics. What We Can Do - Increase access to telemedicine - Expand Medicare to allow telemedicine a reimbursement structure that is equivalent to an in-person visit - Support increased broadband infrastructure in rural areas - Support federal funding and cultivation of rural trained physicians for family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, OBGYN, psychiatry, and more - Support Medicaid expansion - Increase support for preventative care - Increase medical education programs for nursing, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, and doctors - Support partnerships with large organizations such as Mayo Clinic and Intermountain Health - Support graduate medical education for rural tract programs and residencies Source: 7/25/2022


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