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Number of primary care physicians (including general practice, family practice, OB-GYN, pediatrics, and internal medicine) per 100,000 population.

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Maryland Primary Care Physicians (2005-2013) see more
  • Number of primary care physicians (including general practice, family practice, OB-GYN, pediatrics, and internal medicine) per 100,000 population.

Primary Care Physicians

United States Primary Care Physicians (2005-2013) see more
  • Number of primary care physicians (including general practice, family practice, OB-GYN, pediatrics, and internal medicine) per 100,000 population.
Ranking Value State
0 District of Columbia
1 196.1 Massachusetts
2 175.3 Maryland
3 173.4 Rhode Island
4 170.9 Vermont
5 164 New York
6 162.3 Connecticut
7 143.5 Minnesota
8 140.4 New Jersey
9 139.4 Hawaii
10 133.6 New Hampshire
11 133.2 Illinois
12 129.8 Pennsylvania
13 129.4 Oregon
14 129.1 Maine
15 124.4 Virginia
16 123.8 Ohio
17 123.4 Washington
18 122.4 Tennessee
19 121.8 Wisconsin
20 120.3 Louisiana
21 119.4 Michigan
22 118.2 California
23 118 Nebraska
24 117.9 Colorado
25 115.9 North Dakota
26 114.9 North Carolina
27 113.5 New Mexico
28 112.1 Alaska
29 110.5 Delaware
30 110.2 Missouri
31 109.4 South Dakota
32 107.6 Florida
33 105.9 South Carolina
34 105.5 West Virginia
35 105.1 Kansas
36 102.5 Georgia
36 102.5 Kentucky
38 101.6 Indiana
39 99.9 Alabama
39 99.9 Arkansas
41 97.4 Montana
42 96 Arizona
43 95.3 Texas
44 90.2 Wyoming
45 88.5 Utah
46 84.7 Iowa
47 84.5 Nevada
48 82.7 Oklahoma
49 82.1 Mississippi
50 78 Idaho

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Overview

Primary Care Physicians is a measure of access to primary care for the general population as measured by the number of primary care physicians per 100,000 population. Primary care physicians include all those who identify themselves as Family Practice physicians, General Practitioners, Internists, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, or Gynecologists. The 2013 ranks are based on 2011 data from the American Medical Association’s publication Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the United States, 2013 Edition. Data used with permission.

The number of primary care physicians is a measure of the availability of health care. Primary care physicians provide direct patient care and, as necessary, counsel patients in the appropriate use of specialists and advanced treatment options. Primary care physicians are often the first point of contact within the health care system for patients and provide critical preventative care, ongoing care, and referrals to specialists. The availability of primary care physicians has a documented influence on health, as greater numbers of primary care physicians have been linked to better health outcomes including lower rates of low birthweight, lower all cause mortality, and longer life spans.[1] The number of primary care physicians per 100,000 people is constantly changing due to evolving state populations, physician retirements, new physicians, and physicians moving between states and specialties.

Primary care physicians range from 196 physicians per 100,000 population in Massachusetts to 78 physicians per 100,000 population in Idaho. The national average is 121 primary care physicians per 100,000 population, essentially unchanged in the last few years. Healthy People 2020 objectives related to primary care physicians include increasing the proportion of persons with a usual primary care provider and increasing the number of practicing primary care providers.

 

 


[1] Starfield B. Contribution of primary care to health systems and health. Milbank Q. 2005;83(3):457.