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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 9:13 pm, Wed May 15, 2013.

New Mexicans could have longer waits for a doctor or specialist as demand grows for medical services because of an aging population and expanded insurance coverage under the federal health care law, legislative auditors said Wednesday.

A report released by the Legislative Finance Committee said state residents could encounter growing problems of access to medical care due to the potential need of 2,000 physicians, 3,000 registered nurses and as many as 800 dentists.

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5 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:30 am on Fri, May 17, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1159

    The Death Panels are coming. Of course, the government wont call them Death Panels. Instead, they'll probably be called something innocuous sounding like "Care Coordination Panels."

     
  • bob chilton posted at 5:42 pm on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    bobchilton Posts: 32

    this is the tip of the iceberg.

    max bacus quit the senate because he rightfully sees obamacare as a "train wreck."

     
  • henry griswold posted at 10:38 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 212

    co-pays greatly reduce frivolous illnesses........

     
  • henry griswold posted at 10:07 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 212

    aren't docs & nurses required to repay some grants, scholarships & loans by working lower-paying areas? maybe it should be more of a requirement to serve these areas.
    seems strange that many more don't become phys. assist.s or nurse pract.s. maybe these fields should be more promoted.............

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:16 am on Thu, May 16, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1159

    "Auditors said New Mexico needs to change the delivery of health care so that patients with chronic illnesses, who use a greater share of medical services, get more coordinated care."

    Maybe special panels could be formed to decide just how each of these chronically ill folks could most efficiently be care for? Those panels would obviously also be tasked with making sure that treatment that could be better applied elsewhere wasn't unnecessarily wasted on the chronically ill.

     
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