Wednesday, April 12, 2023

The Mid-Eastern U.S. Dental Care Shortage

Based on December 31, 2022, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), almost 69.8 million Americans lived in settings or areas designated as dental health professional shortage areas (HPSA).  A dental health HPSA is a population group, geographic area, or facility where access to dental care is subpar because it has an inadequate number of dentists relative to the size of the HPSA population.  In the Mid-Eastern region of the U.S., which encompasses five states and the District of Columbia, HPSAs accounted for about 11.5% of all Americans who lived in a dental care shortage area.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the Mid-Eastern region would need 1,480 more dentists to eliminate the dental care shortage in the region.  This deficit represented about 12.4% of the national dental care shortage.  Here is a summary look at the Mid-Eastern U.S. dental care shortage:

The Mid-Eastern U.S. Dental Care Shortage

The Mid-Eastern U.S. Dental Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
DC 12 90,280 22
DE 13 381,534 97
MD 62 2,379,610 348
NJ 37 40,411 17
NY 135 3,176,011 659
PA 163 1,980,988 337
Region 422 8,048,834 1,480
U.S. 7,313 69,766,605 11,909
% of U.S. 5.8% 11.5% 12.4%

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

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/22 (HRSA)

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