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Big boost for rural doctor program

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A program to help get doctors to rural Iowa received a big boost Friday. The University of Iowa Health Alliance announced a one million dollar donation to the Rural Iowa Primary Care Loan Repayment Program. That money will be spread out over the next five years. The program was created by the Legislature last year. It provides loan payments for selected students who practice medicine in rural Iowa for at least five years.

"It's hard to think about going to a practice in a rural part of Iowa where the pay is obviously not going to be as good as it might in a larger city," said Sally Mason, University of Iowa President.  "This should take away those barriers."

This is the program's largest private sector donation to date. The University of Iowa Health Alliance is made up of the UI Hospital and Clinics, Genesis Health System, and Mercy Health Network.

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