Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

N.M. Seeing Fewer Doctors.(Final)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

State's Graduates Head Elsewhere

It may become increasingly hard to see a doctor in New Mexico.

A survey released Wednesday shows that the number of doctors in the state is not keeping up with population growth and that those who are here are getting older.

At the same time, graduates of the University of New Mexico's medical school and residency programs have been less likely in recent years to stay in the state to practice.

Health Secretary Patricia Montoya said the survey raises concerns.

"We're starting to see a trend downward from where we were in the past," she said.

The ratio of licensed doctors to the state's population grew from 1993-98, then fell the next two years, with a slight uptick in 2002, according to Kevin McMullan, analyst for the New Mexico Health Policy Commission, which conducted the survey. …

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