Family Medicine Facts
Family medicine is the most versatile of all physician specialties, providing comprehensive medical care to patients of all genders and all ages, and family physicians are just as diverse as their patients.
Family physicians deliver care in a variety of settings, including:
- Office practices
- Nursing homes
- Community health centers
- Urgent care centers
- Emergency rooms
- University-based health centers
Family physicians have the flexibility to tailor their clinical services to the unique needs of their patients and their situations. In addition to office-based procedural training, family physicians receive training in hospital-based medicine, including critical care and obstetrical procedures. Family physicians have the flexibility to incorporate procedures into their patient care as their skills and interests evolve and demand for various services develops in their community.
The following tables illustrate the diversity and variety of AAFP members and their practices.
Table 1: 2017 AAFP Membership Category
The AAFP has approximately 129,000 members, including active members, residents, and students.
Table 2: Demographic Characteristics of AAFP Members
The AAFP has a diverse membership of men and women of various ages practicing in urban and rural settings.
Table 3: Ethnicity/Race and Sexual Orientation of AAFP Members
AAFP members represent different ethnicity, races and sexual orientation.
Table 4: Selected Practice Characteristics of Active AAFP Members
AAFP members practice medicine in a variety of settings, from private clinics to emergency departments, from solo practices to hospital systems.
- Table 5: Family Physician 2016 Income Before Taxes
Table 6: Average Number of Family Physician Patient Encounters Per Week by Setting
On average per week, family physicians have 84 patient encounters.
Table 7: Patient Health Care Insurance Coverage
AAFP members see patients with a variety of insurance coverage from traditional health plans, to Medicaid and Medicare, to the uninsured.
Table 8: Medicare Participation by Family Physicians
Approximately 91 percent of AAFP members participate in Medicare.
Table 9: Acceptance of Medicare Patients
More than 83 percent of AAFP members are accepting new Medicare patients.
Table 10: Acceptance of Medicaid Patients
More than 69 percent of AAFP members are accepting new Medicaid patients.
Table 11: Clinical Services Performed by Physicians
AAFP members perform a variety of services in their practices including care of infants, children, adolescents, geriatrics and urgent care.
Table 12: Clinical Procedures Performed by Physicians at their Practice
AAFP members perform a variety of procedures in their practices including dermatologic procedures and physical therapy.
Table 13: CLIA Classification of Family Physicians' Office Laboratories
AAFP member physicians’ office laboratories vary in the complexity of tests performed.
Table 14: Performance of Laboratory Tests
More than 22 percent of AAFP member physicians’ office laboratories perform more than 40 tests.
Table 15: Hospital Admission Privileges
More than 40 percent of AAFP member physicians have hospital admission privileges.
Table 16: Number of Babies Delivered
Nineteen percent of AAFP members report delivering babies, and those members delivered 6 babies on average in 2016.