U.S. Physicians - Statistics & Facts
Statistics and facts about U.S. physicians
In 2013, there were over one million doctors of medicine all over the United States. This figure included some 148,000 inactive and some 44,000 unclassified physicians. The U.S. has a less marked physician density compared to some other countries. Looking at individual U.S. states, Washington D.C., Massachusetts and Maryland have the highest number of physicians per civilian population. Among specialists, psychiatrists are the most prevalent physicians. Approximately one quarter of all active U.S. physicians were educated abroad.
Expenditure for physician and clinical services stood at some 600 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. Thus, such services accounted for one fifth of total U.S. healthcare spending. The largest proportion of costs for these services was paid by private health insurance firms, followed by Medicare payments.
Compensation for physicians is always a controversial issue, especially in times of economic crisis and growing health costs. Orthopedics and cardiology include the highest-earning physicians. With some 440,000 and 410,000 U.S. dollars respectively, these specialits have the highest average annual compensation for patient care. The highest-paid physicians live in the north central part of the U.S., where the mean compensation stood at nearly 300,000 U.S. dollars as of early 2016.
In the U.S., a generalist physician receives more than 3,500 annual visits, while a specialist receives around 2,700 visits. According to a survey, the most frequently mentioned amount of time spent with each patient is within the range of 13 to 16 minutes. 70 percent of all general physicians provide more than 31 hours of direct patient care per week, and 40 percent have evening and weekend working hours. For specialists, these figures stand at 61 and 19 percent respectively. In general, the level of satisfaction of U.S. Americans with their physicians is very high.
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|Leading U.S. state based on the total number of active physicians||California||Details →|
|Top U.S. state by number of active physicians per 10,000 civilian population||District of Columbia||Details →|
|Number of U.S. medical malpractice payments||9,677||Details →|
|Value of medical malpractice payments in the U.S.||$3.26bn||Details →|
|Medical malpractice payments as a percentage of overall health care costs||0.11%||Details →|
|Physician and clinical services expenditure in the U.S.||$603.7bn||Details →|
|Percentage of U.S. adults who have a family physician or primary care doctor||78%||Details →|
- Total doctors of medicine in the U.S. 1949-2013+Total doctors of medicine in the U.S. 1949-2013
Total number of doctors of medicine in the U.S. from 1949 to 2013*
- Annual visits at general and specialty physicians in the U.S. 1999-2010+Annual visits at general and specialty physicians in the U.S. 1999-2010
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- Physician and clinical services spending in the U.S. by payer 2010-2013+Physician and clinical services spending in the U.S. by payer 2010-2013
Physician and clinical services spending in the United States from 2010 to 2013, by payer
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