Will the U.S.’s OB/GYN Shortage Increase Cases of Medical Malpractice?

Almost half the counties in the United States don’t have a practicing OB/GYN. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) predicts there will be a shortage of nearly 9,000 by 2020. Because obstetrics is a such specialized practice, it’s vital that women receive expert care and treatment no matter where they live.

Obstetric malpractice occurs when a doctor or healthcare provider:

  • Fails to properly conduct prenatal tests
  • Fails to properly conduct labor
  • Does not safely monitor a mother during pregnancy
  • Performs a medical error during neonatal care
  • Behaves negligently resulting in an injury to a patient

Obstetric malpractice can occur:

  • In a clinic
  • In an emergency room
  • In a delivery ward
  • Over the phone or via virtual correspondence

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OBGYN Shortage and medical malpractice