PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Consider this: In Pittsburgh, there are 87 patients per doctor. In Philadelphia, there are 258.Body Of 19-Year-Old Irving Mayren-Guzman Found In Marshy Area Near Pleasantville Strip Club
Coming in sixteenth of 25 cities facing doctor shortages, the City of Brotherly Love has about three times more patients per doctor than Pittsburgh, which ranked fourth on the list of cities with an abundance of doctors. Compare our lack of doctors to the number one city with a wealth of doctors, Greenville, South Carolina; and you’ll find that Philly has five times more patients per physician.
Researchers who compiled The Better Doctor Health Opportunity Index attribute it to an increased demand for healthcare – possibly due to Obamacare – as well as the aging population in many cities. The organization also cites data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that shows the nation will be facing a shortage of doctors by 2025.READ MORE: Wilmington Police Department Says There Is Diversity In Its Ranks Following City Council 'No Confidence' Vote In Police Chief
So, what cities beat out Philly when it comes to a lack of doctors? New York took the number one spot, with 912 residents per doctor, while San Antonio came in second with 531 patients per physician.
And if you’re wondering where – besides Greenville – there are plenty of physicians, Atlanta, the home of the CDC, came in second, while Boston ranked third.
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