How Many Patients Does A Physician See Per Day? And Other MD Factoids

I thought this was an interesting factoid which I got today and is from The Physician’s Foundation report.

Here are a few other findings…

  • In the next one to three years, over 50 percent of physicians plan to cut back on patients, work part-time, switch to concierge medicine, retire or take other steps that would reduce patient access to their services.
  • Over 59 percent of physicians indicate passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e., “health reform”) has made them less positive about the future of healthcare in America.
  • Over 82 percent of physicians believe doctors have little ability to change the healthcare system.
  • Close to 92 percent of physicians are unsure where the health system will be or how they will fit into it three to five years from now.
  • Over 62 percent of physicians said Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are either unlikely to increase healthcare quality and decrease costs or that that any quality/cost gains will not be worth the effort.
  • Physicians are divided on the efficacy of medical homes, and many (37.9 percent) remain uncertain about their structure and purpose.
  • Over 47 percent have significant concerns that EMR poses a risk to patient privacy

One Response to “How Many Patients Does A Physician See Per Day? And Other MD Factoids”

  1. I got this related data today (c/o MCOL daily factoid from, and I thought I would add it here.

    In 2009-2010, annual visits per generalist physician were 30% higher than visits per specialty physician. A similar pattern was observed in 1999-2000.

    In 2009-2010, generalist physicians were less likely to accept new Medicaid patients (65%) than were specialty physicians (71%).

    A greater percentage of generalist physicians (70%) than specialty physicians (61%) spent 31 hours or more per week providing direct patient care in 2009-2010.

    In 2009-2010, a greater percentage of generalist physicians (40%) worked evening and weekend hours than did specialty physicians (19%).

    Generalist physicians were more likely to set aside time for same-day appointments (82%) compared with specialty physicians (49%) in 2009-2010.

    Source: NCHS Data Brief, Number 105, September 2012, CDC/National Center for Health Statistics

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