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Health Minister announces changes to rural health care in Alberta

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Health Minister Tyler Shandro announcing changes to rural health care in Alberta with goals to strengthen physician recruitment and retention.

Overhead changes announced earlier this year will be paused for urban doctors while rural doctors will be permanently exempt from any future changes.

The $60,000 cap on the Rural and Remote Northern Program will also be immediately cancelled, a program Shandro says will now be the most generous in the country.

A total of $6 million will also be used to pay for the schooling of 20 medical students over the next three years to incentivize young Albertans from rural communities to return to practice in their home towns after med school.

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There are currently about 1,000 rural physicians practicing in Alberta.

Shandro has been under fire recently as a growing list of doctors in rural Alberta announce changes to their practices like discontinuing extended services in hospitals.

Details on the changes announced by Shandro Friday can be found on the Government of Alberta website.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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