Intensivists and Pulmonologists are in Short Supply Across the Country.
There isn’t sufficient availability of intensivists and pulmonologists and coverage across hospitals in America. There are several reasons for that:
- A shortage of pulmonary physicians
- As the population gets older, we find that pulmonary care needs increase
- The average age of existing pulmonologists is going up. They’re approaching retirement.
This past year, the shortage was compounded by the substantial increase in number of patients requiring pulmonary care.