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Pennsylvania Physician Shortage Facts

Physician supply lags behind patient demand nationally and across Pennsylvania. 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.1,2,3

  • Nearly 40% of American physicians will reach retirement age.
  • The United States will face a shortage of over 120,000 physicians.
  • 34.4% of physicians in Pennsylvania are currently within retirement range.

Pennsylvania is projected to be short 1,039 doctors.4,5,6,7

  • There are only 350 residency slots in Pennsylvania for primary care each year.
  • 45.2% of those residents will practice out of state.
  • 20 Pennsylvania counties have seen significant decreases in primary care providers.

32 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).8,9,10

  • Low-income citizens are disproportionately affected by these shortages.
  • HPSA designations indicate areas where there are 3,500 or more patients for every one provider.
  • 380,454 Pennsylvania residents live in an HPSA.

Ranked against other states, Pennsylvania’s doctor-to-patient ratio is: