Where have all the OBs gone?
Even if you’d like to ditch your doc, it may be hard to find a new one, so do your research first. The following 2004 figures from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) are some points to ponder:
>> Because of rising malpractice claims and medical liability insurance rates, several states are in danger of having too few physicians available to deliver babies. They are Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming, as well as the District of Columbia. Plus, a crisis is brewing in Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and Utah.
>> One in seven ACOG Fellows no longer practices obstetrics because of the risk of liability claims.
>> The number of medical students entering the OB-GYN specialty in the United States has declined for the third year in a row.