Thursday, February 3, 2022

Ten States with the Most People Living in Primary Care Shortage Areas

A geographic area, population group, or facility where residents have substandard access to basic medical care because too few primary care physicians serve the community relative to the size of its population may be deemed a health professional shortage area (HPSA) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  As of December 31, 2021, the HRSA reported that more than 86.4 million Americans resided in areas or settings designated as primary care HPSAs.

With 53.4% of the U.S. population who live in primary care shortage areas, the following are the ten states with the most people living in primary care shortage areas as of December 31, 2021, according to HRSA data:

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
CA 646 7,800,963 1,398
TX 429 7,381,169 991
FL 279 6,582,652 1,561
NY 179 5,022,567 1,096
WA 215 3,531,130 793
IL 269 3,489,109 567
GA 245 3,304,225 681
AZ 238 3,185,244 653
MI 276 2,985,151 489
NC 216 2,906,800 434
Top 10 2,992 46,189,010 8,663
U.S. 7,613 86,473,101 15,184

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a primary care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Primary Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

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