Saturday, September 21, 2019

"We're on the Verge of a Devastating OB-GYN Shortage"

a study released this week predicts a nationwide shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists in this country as soon as next year.


According to the study findings, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Miami will face the most dire lack of OB-GYNs. The study also shows drastic differences in demand in places where there’s already not nearly enough obstetricians: In Las Vegas, a physician delivers an average of 165 babies per year, while in Portland, where there’s an abundance of OB-GYNs, the average number of deliveries is about 62.


By ACOG’s math, nearly half of all U.S. counties lacked a single OB-GYN in 2017. Stack that on top of the shortage of clinics (becoming worse by the day), and being pregnant or needing just any sort of reproductive care in a rural county in the United States sounds inconvenient at best, and totally untenable at worst.