Governor Walker Tours Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
Madison, Wisconsin - Governor Scott Walker toured the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research Wednesday, July 3, talking and shaking hands with researchers and physicians.
The budget bill he signed on Sunday slated significant funding for key projects at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and Carbone Cancer Center, as well as some more general funding for health care.
“When Governor Walker signed the biennium budget bill, he reconfirmed his commitment to an enhanced partnership to address physician workforce shortages and to extend access to the most sophisticated clinical imaging services for cancer patients in underserved areas of the state,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the UW SMPH and UW-Madison vice chancellor for medical affairs.
The specific budget provisions Walker mentioned include matching funding for a project at the UW Carbone Cancer Center that will provide access to molecular imaging services for cancer patients in 17 oncology care sites throughout the state. The state budget also includes additional support for the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine to place more medical professionals in rural areas of Wisconsin.
“Buildings are wonderful and new technologies are wonderful, but they’re only as good as the people who are in them, so we appreciate what [the SMPH] is doing,” said Walker. “As Dr. Golden mentioned, we talked a lot about workforce development, and rightfully so. In total there’s about $100 million in this budget that in a variety of ways deal with workforce development. One of the key areas in our state where there continues to be a need, particularly in rural areas and highly impoverished areas … is a need for medical professionals.”
The state budget also included additional resources for hospitals and health care providers and $30 million for mental health services.
“We want to care for individuals in every part of the state when it comes to mental health care services as well. Whether it’s battling cancer or fixing a bum knee or depression or whatever issue there is, we want to break down the barriers that are before us so that every one of those things is a part of good access to health care and is affordable and accessible to everyone in Wisconsin,” said Walker.
Date Published: 07/03/2013