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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


195 million

Number of visits to family physicians annually


565 million

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

[USA People]


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