Loss of obstetric services forces NY patients elsewhere
Posted Aug 04 2009 5:51pm
For those that think the growing physician shortage is a strictly Medicare issue, think again.
What happens when a young, middle-class mother wants to deliver a baby in Hamilton, NY? After August 31st, it’ll mean a drive out of the area due to a closure of the OB department at Community Memorial Hospital.
The reason - not enough qualified providers to provide the service.
“It’s certainly a significant loss for the community,” said David Felton, hospital president and chief executive officer. “People will be forced elsewhere to deliver babies, and that’s very unfortunate.”