U.S. Physicians - Statistics & Facts

In 2015, there were nearly 1.1 million doctors of medicine all over the United States. This figure included some 160,000 inactive and some 55,000 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 Rhode Island have the highest number of physicians per civilian population. Among specialists, psychiatrists are the most prevalent physicians in the United States.

Expenditure for physician and clinical services stood at some 700 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. Thus, such services accounted for a significant share of total U.S. healthcare spending. The largest proportion of costs for these services was paid via private health insurances, followed by Medicare payments.

Compensation for physicians is always a controversial issue, especially in times of economic crisis and growing health costs. Orthopedics and plastic surgeons include the highest-earning physicians. With some 482,000 and 471,000 U.S. dollars respectively, these specialists 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 some 319,000 U.S. dollars as of early 2018.

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