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Healthcare physicians employees in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2019

In 2019, there were approximately 196.8 thousand healthcare physicians employed in the United Kingdom (UK). Since 2000, the number of physicians has increased by over 75 thousand, steadily growing year-on-year. This figure includes all physicians who provide services for patients, including specialized physicians.

The doctor will see you now

In a 2018 survey of British people, a fifth of respondents stated they consult with a primary care physician once a year, furthermore almost of a quarter of respondents stated they see a physician at least three times a year. When attending a doctor’s appointment, the experience is usually a positive one with over 95 percent of respondents of survey respondents having confidence and trust in their healthcare professional at their last appointment.

The future of healthcare?

Telemedicine is the process of using technology to diagnosis patients remotely. Only ten percent of British people have experienced telemedicine so far, however almost 40 percent would be willing to try it. Although, the issues that the British public would feel most uncomfortable discussing over technology are sexual health issues and mental health issues. Regarding the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare, individuals in England were most favorable to a device that could test their blood at home for a variety of health indicators.

Number of healthcare physicians employed in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

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