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Family Physicians at a Glance

Family physicians specialize in caring for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of patients of all ages and genders, unlike other specialists that are limited to a particular organ or disease.

Among the primary care specialties (family medicine, general internal medicine, and pediatrics), family physicians provide care to the largest percentage of the population.

 

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1 in 5

Office visits that are conducted by family physicians

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195 million

Number of visits to family physicians annually

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565 million

Projected total number of office visits to primary care physicians by 2025 due to population growth and aging

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52,000

Number of additional U.S. primary care physicians needed by 2025, after incorporating insurance expansion

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Office Distribution

Family physicians’ practices are more evenly distributed throughout the country than any other specialty practice in rural or underserved areas