Important Facts for Physician Supply
DefinitionThis Indicator Report includes two measures of physician supply: [[br]] 1) Active physicians per 10,000 civilian population.[[br]] 2) Primary care physicians per 10,000 civilian population.
Numerator1) Number of active physicians.[[br]] 2) Number of primary care physicians.
Data Interpretation IssuesThis indicator includes two measures of physician supply: 1) 'Active Physicians' are defined as those physicians currently engaged in patient care or other professional activity for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Other professional activity includes administration, medical teaching, research, and more. This measure has been reported by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress of the United Stated in the annual report, the most recent of which is 'Health, United States 2016'. Data are based on reporting by physicians. 2) 'Primary Care Physicians' include non-federal M.D.s and D.O.s under age 75 who are not hospital residents and whose major professional activity is patient care in General Practice; General Family Medicine; General Internal Medicine; or General Pediatrics. This information comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Area Health Resource File (AHRF) that utilizes the American Medical Association Physician Masterfiles.
Why Is This Important?The ratio of physicians to persons in a population is an indication of the adequacy of the health system and the access to care for persons in that population.
Healthy People Objective AHS-4.1:(Developmental) Increase the number of practicing medical doctors
U.S. Target: Developmental