Kentucky Physician Shortage Facts
Physician supply lags patient demand nationally and across Kentucky. As supply falls, patients wait longer to see a doctor, and doctors burn out.
The U.S. is projected to have 120,000 too few doctors nationally.
Kentucky is projected to be short 2,926 doctors by 2030.
- Primary care alone is projected to be short 624 providers.4
Kentucky ranks in the bottom half of all states for primary care doctor availability and for overall physician supply.5
Kentucky’s physician-to-patient ratio is 23 percent worse than the national average.
86% worse for infectious disease medicine
47% worse for internal medicine
36 worse in pediatric critical care medicine
40% worse in preventive medicine
44% worse in psychiatry