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UCare's fall could hurt Minnesota's doctor training


The ouster of UCare as an insurer in most of Minnesota’s public health care programs could have an unintended consequence: A squeeze on the training of much-needed family practice doctors in the state.

As part of its mission, the Minneapolis health insurer has diverted excess revenue — often $4 million to $10 million per year — to the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. And over time, that money became the department’s primary funding for the training of 150 residents — doctors who have completed medical school and need on-the-job training in hospitals and clinics.


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