Doctors in Germany - Statistics & Facts

A total of roughly 365,200 doctors were employed in Germany in 2014. Thereby the stable rise of the number of doctors in recent years continued: both the outpatient field, as well as the slightly more important inpatient field, in numerical terms, show regular rates of growth, so that – despite an increasing average age – the share of doctors under 35 years old has risen in recent years to roughly 18 percent (15 percent in 2005). As a consequence, the readiness to accept a position in a medical practice also became more widespread. The number of employed outpatient doctors more than tripled in the last ten years.

With a relatively constant total population in Germany, the average doctor density rose from 279 residents per doctor in 2000 to 221 residents per doctor in 2014. However, this development does in no way mean generally better patient-centered support, because the doctor density per region differs strongly. Thus, in densely populated areas there tends to be an oversupply – Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin display the highest doctor density, whereas rural states like Brandenburg or Saxony-Anhalt with 265 and 253 residents per doctor, respectively, are under-supplied. In the eastern German states vacant medical practices are found considerably more often than in older states – with the exception of Lower Saxony.

The largest doctor group in the German medical fraternity are internists, followed by GPs and surgeons. Of the roughly 75,000 medical practices in Germany (as of 2011), almost 40 percent were GP and practical ones. With roughly 33.4 billion euros, medical treatments were the second largest expense item of statutory health insurances, as of 2014. The largest share fell on the GP and general internist group. The by far highest profits from medical fees were found among physicians and radiologists, who on average earned roughly 417,000 or 368,000 euros respectively per doctor in 2013.

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