The U.S. government and many U.S. states gather and publish statistics regarding physicians practicing medicine in the United States. Sometimes it is difficult for people to find information regarding physicians practicing in their state and the incidence of disciplinary actions and medical malpractice claims made against those physicians. The following general information is intended to help with the search for such statistical information.
U.S. Physician Supply Statistics
In 2014, there were 265.5 active physicians per 100,000 population in the United States, ranging from a high of 432.4 in Massachusetts to a low of 184.7 in Mississippi (the states with the highest number of physicians per 100,000 population are concentrated in the Northeast).
In 2014, there were 91.1 active primary care physicians per 100,000 population in the United States (Massachusetts was at the top, with a value of 133.9, while Mississippi had the lowest number of primary care physicians per 100,000 population).
In 2014, there were 7.9 active general surgeons per 100,000 population (North Dakota, Maine, and Vermont had the highest number of general surgeons per 100,000 population (11.9, 11.5, and 11.3, respectively), while Utah, Nevada, and Texas had the lowest number of general surgeons per 100,000 population (5.9, 6.0, and 6.3, respectively)).
In 2014, 24.2% of U.S. physicians had graduated from international medical schools (New Jersey and New York had the highest percentages (38.4% and 37.1%, respectively) while Montana and Idaho had the lowest (4.5% and 5.0%, respectively)).
In 2014, 29.4% of active physicians in the U.S. were age 60 or older (New Mexico had the highest percentage (35.9%) while North Carolina had the lowest percentage (24.6%)).
The National Practitioner Data Bank reports that the number of medical malpractice payments made on behalf of physicians throughout the United States has steadily decreased from 2004 (14,516) to 2014 (8,875). State licensure actions against physicians remained relatively stable from 2004 to 2009 (3,853 in 2009) but have steadily increased from 2010 (4,115) to 2014 (5,119 in 2013 and 4,707 in 2014).
Medical malpractice total amount paid has also decreased steadily from 2004 (4,423,400,000) to 2014 (3,189,020,000) for physicians in the United States.
The National Practitioner Data Bank reports that Adverse Action Reports (reports concerning actions, other than medical malpractice payments and convictions and judgments, taken against a health care practitioner, entity, provider, or supplier) stayed below 5,000 for 2004 through 2008 (4,668 in 2004 and 4,462 in 2008) but climbed into the 5,000-range beginning in 2009 (5,106), peaked at 6,148 in 2013, and fell slightly to 5,978 in 2014. By far the most common adverse action reports filed with the National Practitioner Data Bank are for state licensure actions (4,707 in 2014).
Maryland’s Medical Malpractice Payments Statistics For Physicians
According to the National Practitioner Data Bank, there was a decrease in the number of Maryland medical malpractice payments reported for physicians between 2013 and 2014, from 342 in 2013 to 163 in 2014, and a decrease in the reported number of Maryland state licensure actions against physicians between 2013 and 2014, from 217 in 2013 to 198 in 2014.
However, the medical malpractice total amount paid for physicians in Maryland increased between 2013 and 2014, from 106,310,000 in 2013 to 114,230,000 in 2014.
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