Report: New Mexico struggles with aging doctors

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A University of New Mexico report shows that New Mexico has the highest percentage of doctors in the nation older than 60.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that despite adding 441 physicians to the state in the last three years, the average doctor in New Mexico is about three years older than the national average.

UNM Health Sciences Center Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Richard Larson told the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday that in coming years the state could see a shortage of doctors as they reach retirement age.

The study also suggests that aging doctors could lead to even fewer medical professionals in rural areas in coming years.

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