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5 Statistics on Generalist & Specialist Physicians

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The per capita supply of generalist physicians was lower than that of specialty physicians in 2009-10, according to a National Center for Health Statistics data brief.

The brief included data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. The average 2009–10 response rate was 60 percent.

Here are five key findings from the brief:

•    Annual visits per generalist physician were 30 percent higher than visits per specialty physician.
•    Seventy-one percent of specialty physicians reported accepting new Medicaid patients whereas only 65 percent of generalist physicians reported doing the same.
•    Seventy percent of generalist physicians spent 31 hours or more per week providing direct patient care as compared to 61 percent of specialty physicians.
•    A greater percentage of generalist physicians — 40 percent — worked evening and weekend hours than specialty physicians who did the same — 19 percent.
•    Eighty-two percent of generalist physicians reported setting aside time for same-day appointments as compared to 49 percent of specialty physicians.

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