Sunday, June 13, 2010

Health Care: Another Reason to Invest in Education

healthcare.jpgImagine that your family physician retires and you are on the search for a new doctor. You want someone you can trust, and if you are anything like me, you value professional competence above all else. Your search is not going to be easy. According to Mississippi Public Broadcasting, our state now has the lowest number of health care professionals per capita than any other state in the U.S.

It shouldn't surprise anyone that an important part of the problem relates to Mississippi's refusal to adequately fund education. And medical education provides what should be cause for widespread concern. Mississippi universities are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to recruiting and retaining quality faculty. And too many graduates simply leave our state for better pay and a higher quality of life elsewhere. Over time, this erodes our health care system.

This is just another example of how our unwillingness to adequately fund education hurts all of us.

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