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Shortage of doctors in New Mexico

Officials in New Mexico are saying the state is facing a shortage, but it may not be in what you would expect. The state is facing it's worst shortage yet, not having enough primary care physicians.

The Albuquerque Journal reports every county statewide, except one has been designated as having a shortage.

Based on population, the state is in need of more than 200 additional doctors to meet demands. And those demands are only expected to grow with 160,000 new Medicaid patients and people signing up under the affordable heath care act for coverage they previously did not have in New Mexico.

State officials are working to come up with a solution. Governor Susana Martinez has proposed a bridge the doctor gap program.

Martinez along with other lawmakers unveiled a $5 million dollar package of initiatives that will be voted on during this year's legislation.

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