A sobering report came from the Legislative Finance Committee at the Roundhouse on Tuesday (Mary 15), citing figures that will put more strain on the state’s health care system.
Among the findings?
*Some 62 percent of adults in New Mexico were overweight or obese in 2009, and
*New Mexico’s percentage of its population over the age of 60 is already higher than the national average and will get higher in the next 17 years. By 2030 one-third of the state’s population will be aged 60 or higher. Here’s the graphic:
For years, New Mexico has had a shortage of doctors, dentists and nurses and with an aging and increasingly overweight population — not to mention the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act, (“Obamacare”) which kicks in next year — “the state can expect even greater healthcare access problems,” the LFC report said.
That means longer wait times.
The report calls for “a more coordinated approach to healthcare service delivery.”
Here’s the link to the report: