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Gazette opinion: Invest now in doctors Montana needs

February 8, 2013View for printing

Every other state in WWAMI -- except Montana -- has increased its number of students in the past several years.

Montana doesn't have a medical school. So, for the past 40 years, the state has paid part of the educational expenses for classes of 20 medical students per school year.

In that time, Montana's population has grown. And, importantly, our population is aging. By the time students starting medical school this fall start their practice, nearly 25 percent of Montana's population will be over age 65.

We need more doctors, especially primary care doctors who can work in towns big and small.

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