The U.S. has a growing shortage of gynecologists and other doctors who specialize in treating women’s health issues, the American Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said in its annual “State of the Gynecology” report.
In 2015, the AMA had more than 50,000 practicing OBGYNs, but only about 3,000 are registered.
That’s down from 4,400 in 2011, when the last year of the AMA’s survey.
The shortage is particularly concerning in rural areas and parts of the Southeast, which have higher rates of low-income and uninsured women.
The problem of women’s healthcare, particularly in rural and high-risk states, has been highlighted in the 2016 presidential campaign, which included Republican Donald Trump as one of the GOP candidates.
Trump has promised to repeal Obamacare and has pledged to bring back the “one-size-fits-all” approach to healthcare.
The AMA has said that while it has no hard data on the shortage, its data indicates that the AMA is seeing more physicians practicing gynecology in the United States than ever before.
In fact, the last time the AMA reported the number of registered OBGYN doctors was in 2010, when it reported that there were 7,000.
It also said that this year, it saw the number surge to 12,700 registered OBGyNs.
But in the last few years, the numbers of OBGY nurses and OBGY physicians have dropped as many clinics have closed.
And a number of state legislatures have begun to close the clinics.