General practitioners employees in Italy 2000-2018

In Italy, the number of practicing general practitioners decreased from 47,148 in 2000 to 43,731 in 2018. In 2016, in the Italian region Lombardy there were 6,441 practicing GPs, whereas in Lazio and Campania worked 4,653 and 4,313 general practitioners, respectively.  

Italians consult GPs three times or more in a year

General practitioners are physicians who provide general medical care and treatments to people living in a certain area. Hence, their practice is not focused on any specialty. General practitioners are also called family doctors. It may be stated that family doctors are largely trusted by Italians. A survey conducted by Ipsos in 2018 reveals that 44 percent of Italian respondents consulted a primary care physicians three times a year or more.

Use of digital communication channels among GPs

Regarding communication channels, it may be stated that general practitioners were more likely to use digital means of communication than medical specialists. In 2018, 63 percent of family doctors against 52 percent of specialists utilized WhatsApp for their communication activities.

Number of general practitioners employed in Italy from 2000 to 2018

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

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