Mississippi needs to pursue private investment in health care businesses to promote job creation and improve the quality of life, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience of about 700 people Thursday at a state chamber of commerce event.

The state has long been one of the poorest in the nation, and it has some of the highest rates of obesity, heart disease and other health problems. Bryant said officials are working to create “medical corridors” by offering incentives to pharmaceutical firms, medical equipment manufacturers and other types of companies.

“Today is not all about what the government can do for us,” Bryant told the business people, lawmakers, health professionals and others at a meeting that he and the Mississippi Economic Council hosted at the Jackson Convention Complex.

“I am of the opinion that the more we get the government out of health care, the better off we would be,” Bryant said.

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