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Getting Healthcare Online, To Rural Patients

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KUNM Call In Show 4/2 8a:

With high rates of illnesses like diabetes or addiction, rural New Mexicans have some of the most pressing medical needs in the state. But those same residents have the most trouble getting the health care they need. We'll dig into the health needs in rural New Mexico and explore how the Internet is being used to fill some gaps.

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  • The map below shows the ratio of population to primary care providers in each county. Rural counties like Rio Arriba, Quay, Roosevelt, Luna, and Socorro have the fewest providers. Also, see more detailed data and an interactive version of the map. 

Credit New Mexico Dept of Health
Ratio of population to primary care providers in NM

This table highlights the percent of the population that has had 14 or more days of "not good mental health" in the last 30 days. Similarly, many rural counties have high rates, and lack treatment options. Data from New Mexico Department of Health.

Ed Williams came to KUNM in 2014 by way of Carbondale, Colorado, where he worked as a public radio reporter covering environmental issues. Originally from Austin, Texas, Ed has reported on environmental, social justice, immigration and Native American issues in the U.S. and Latin America for the Austin American-Statesman, Z Magazine, NPR’s Latino USA and others. In his spare time, look for Ed riding his mountain bike in the Sandias or sparring on the jiu-jitsu mat.
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