The new report also examined sources of insurance coverage for live births – private vs. government – to help assess whether compensation is proportionate to growing workloads.
The following MSAs are the top 10 most likely to suffer a shortage of OB-GYNs in coming years:
Las Vegas Salt Lake City Miami Riverside, Calif. Los Angeles Buffalo, N.Y. Jacksonville, Fla. Detroit Pittsburgh Dallas
New to the report this year,
Lingering financial challenges from the Great Recession combined with a shortage of trained OB-GYN specialists may make the goal of having children even harder to reach for millennial women.
"The projected OB-GYN shortages across the nation pose serious concerns for women's reproductive care. This is particularly concerning for millennials, who are already waiting longer to start a family due to a variety of economic and social factors. Older women are at greater risk of complications during pregnancy, which requires more than average visits with an OB-GYN," said
Additional findings include:
1. Startling number of OB-GYNs nearing retirement amidst a serious shortage of younger doctors. A large portion of the OB-GYN population is approaching the average age of retirement in many areas of the country. At the same time, none of the metros studied in the report have at least 30 percent of their workforce under the age of 40.
- The metro areas with the highest percentage of OB-GYNs who are 55 years old or above are:
Pittsburgh(41); Las Vegas(41); Salt Lake City(40); Virginia Beach, V.A. (39); and New Haven, Conn.(39)
- The metro areas with the lowest percentage of OB-GYNs younger than 40 are:
Bridgeport, Conn.(13); Detroit(14); Las Vegas(14); Miami(15); and Buffalo, N.Y.(16)
2. OB-GYN workloads remain high: Despite declining birthrates, OB-GYN workloads remain high.
- The metro areas with the largest number of births per OB-GYN are:
Riverside, Calif.; Las Vegas; St. Louis; Phoenix; and Dallas
- The metro areas with the lowest OB-GYN workload are:
Hartford, Conn.; Bridgeport, Conn.; San Jose, Calif.; New Haven, Conn.; and Portland, Ore.
3. Birthrates are dropping: Of the metros
- The metro areas with the largest decline in birth rates are:
Houston; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; Los Angeles; San Jose, Calif.;
- The metro areas with a slightly growing or stagnant birth rate are:
Nashville, Tenn.; Orlando, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Atlanta; and Cincinnati
"OB-GYNs provide critical medical services for women throughout their lives. We hope these findings will help healthcare leaders identify ways to address and mitigate potential shortages at regional and national levels," said
To view the full detailed report, please click here.
Responses were mapped across MSAs, and the top 50 MSAs were selected by population according to 2010 Census data. Population growth data is based on comparisons with Census 2016 population estimates.
The number of births in each metropolitan area comes from the 2015 National
Data on the Medicaid, uninsured, and privately insured population comes from the
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