South Carolina Physician Shortage Facts
Physician supply lags patient demand nationally and across South Carolina. 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.
South Carolina is projected to be short 3,230 doctors by 2030.
- Primary care alone is projected to be short 815 providers.3
South Carolina ranks in the bottom half of states in the country in the availability of primary care doctors and general surgeons and for physician supply overall.4
South Carolina’s physician to patient ratio is 23 percent worse than the national average.
59% worse for infectious disease medicine
68 worse in pediatric critical care medicine
28% worse in preventive medicine
33% worse in psychiatry