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2018 OB-GYN Workforce Study

Looming Physician Shortages: A Growing Women’s Health Crisis

Observers of the U.S. healthcare system have long cautioned that the country is facing a potentially large shortage of physicians across a variety of medical specialties and practice areas. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) projects there will be a shortage of up to 8,800 obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) by 2020, and a shortfall of up to 22,000 by 2050.

In this report, we examined significant factors impacting the specialty, including:

  • OB-GYN workloads across major U.S. metro areas
  • The number of practicing OB-GYNs and their age, reviewing percentage of physicians 40-years old and younger versus 55 years-old and older.
  • Private vs. government insurance coverage – to help assess whether compensation is keeping pace with growing workloads.

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