In her twenty-five years spent responding to emergencies, our state's healthcare system has been a part of Emily Kane's professional life. The impact of good quality healthcare upon our citizens is tremendous. But bad care is just as prevalent here in New Mexico. What makes healthcare good or bad is access and timely intervention. Too often by the time a person calls 911, their condition has deteriorated to the point where they are desperate. With emergency services in high demand, the care delivered during that period is aimed at stabilization, and later transfer to a rehabilitative or long term care system. There is also the assumption that all people have a primary doctor. It is commonly believed that this doctor is directing the ongoing health maintenance of the patient. But with high co-pays for doctor visits and limited access a major problem, more and more people wait until their health has reached a critical state. At that point they have no other option but to call for an ambulance and get treatment right away.
Remember that almost half of New Mexicans don't have a health plan. While many people are concerned that insuring all New Mexicans will be costly and they will not be able to see their own physician, let us point out that currently uninsured New Mexicans are already receiving healthcare. Their care is often received through the Emergency Rooms at our hospitals. Emily Kane believes that this is an inefficient and expensive way to care for routine healthcare problem which could be treated elsewhere. Opening more facilicites for urgent care and routine care is an answer to the demand for these services. Our medical schools are graduating many skilled persns who go out-of-state to find employement, when right here, right now, we need better, more approriate care options for New Mexicans.