US Medical Private Practice

Goals

To determine the number of US medical private practice offices, broken down by specialty.

Early Findings

PRIVATE PRACTICE MEDICINE

  • According to the US Census, there were approximately 220,890 physician offices, as of 2012, the most recent year available (screenshot here if link does not work).
  • Another US Census report shows that of those 220,890 physician offices, 177,644 of them are single unit establishments, which may equate to private practices, but that is not entirely clear.
  • According to the American Medical Association (AMA), employed physicians (47.4%) now outnumber those owning their own practice (45.9%).
  • However, 10% of those employed physicians are employed by practices that are wholly owned by physicians, bringing the percentage of physicians working in private practice settings to 54%.
  • The same study shows that "65% of surgical subspecialists own their practices, as do 53.8% of ob-gyns, about 52% of internal medicine subspecialists and almost 51% of radiologists," while only 26.2% of emergency physicians own their own practices.
  • And AMA report on the economic impact of US physicians states that 16% of physicians have a solo practice, while single specialty groups accounted for 42.8% of physicians.
  • Some of the top medical specialties, in terms of number of physicians, are pediatrics, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, and psychiatry.

In addition to this public search, we scanned our proprietary research database of over 1 million sources and were unable to find any specific research reports that address your goals.

Proposed next steps:

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Our initial research suggests that definitive data on the number of private physician practices in the US is not available, despite searching reputable sources such as the American Medical Association, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the US Census. However, data on the total number of offices and the percentage of physicians working in physician-owned practices is more plentiful. We would recommend continuing the research to find and/or triangulate the number of private practices in the specific specialties identified in this research: surgeons, obstetrician-gynecologists, internal medicine physicians, and radiologists.
In addition, we would recommend researching and/or triangulating the number of private practices in the next largest specialties: pediatrics, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, and psychiatry.