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.
Active Physicians per 10,000 Civilian Population, Utah and U.S., 1997-2013
The supply of active physicians in Utah has kept up with growth in the Utah population. The ratio of active physicians to persons in the Utah population has been lower than the U.S. ratio for all years reported.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- National Center for Health Statistics
Data NotesIncludes active doctors of medicine (MDs) and active doctors of osteopathy (DOs). Starting with 2003 data, federal and non-federal physicians are included. Data prior to 2003 included non-federal physicians only. Active (or professionally active) physicians are defined as those 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.
Data from National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2016.
How Are We Doing?The supply of active physicians in Utah has kept up with growth in the Utah population; however, access is also influenced by the availability of doctors by specialty areas and geographic area.
In 2015, the ratio of primary care physicians to population varied between Utah's 13 local health districts (LHDs) from 11.6 per 10,000 in Summit County Health District to 2.4 in Tooele County Health District. This ratio varied among Utah's 29 counties from 12.6 in Grand County to zero in Daggett, Piute, and Rich Counties. It must be kept in mind that primary care physicians are classified by county, but physicians who practice in multiple locations may see patients who reside in surrounding counties.
What Is Being Done?The Utah Department of Health, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, State Primary Care Grant Program has awarded to 57 rural and urban agencies the amount of $3,000,917 to provide primary care, mental health, dental care services and referral services in FY16-17.
The Department administers programs to improve access to care, such as CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), PCN (Primary Care Network), Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP), and Medicaid.
Healthy People Objective: (Developmental) Increase the number of practicing medical doctorsU.S. Target: Developmental
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 01/24/2017