Indicator full name: Number of physicians, (full-time equivalent)
Unit: number of professionals
- Country (COUNTRY)
- Supranational group of countries (COUNTRY_GRP)
- Sex (SEX)
- Year of measure (YEAR)
Years data is available: 1970—2009
Last updated: 31 January 2018
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Central Asian Republics Information Network members (CARINFONET)
The following abbreviations are used in the indicator titles:
Indicator code: E992771.T
A physician is a person who has completed studies in medicine at the university level. To be legally licensed for the independent practice of medicine (comprising prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation), (s)he must in most cases undergo additional postgraduate training in a hospital (from 6 months to 1 year or more). To establish his or her own practice, a physician must fulfil additional conditions. The number of physicians at the end of the year includes all active physicians working in health services (public or private), including health services under other ministries than the Ministry of Health. Interns and residents, i.e. physicians in postgraduate training, are also included.The number of physicians excludes:physicians working outside the country; physicians on the retired list and not practising or unemployed; physicians working outside health services, e.g. employed in industry, research institutes etc.; dentists (stomatologists) who should be defined as a separate group. Confusion often occurs due to the different meaning of stomatologist in different countries.Stomatologists who are physicians with the specialty of stomatology (oral diseases/surgery) should be included in the number of physicians. In some countries of eastern Europe, the stomatologist is actually a dentist, practising dental care only. In this case he or she should be excluded from the total number of physicians.
The number of working hours per week varies between countries, but normally should not be less than 35 hours.
The number of FTE should be calculated by adding the full and appropriate proportion of part-time occupied posts._
working in other central organs not included. Since 2000 data cover physicians in total health
services. *From 2007 contractual workers are included. *Data refer to number of all medical workers
except those working in departments of stomatoloty, practical dentistry, orthodontics maxillo-facial
Source: Salary and Employment Register.
specialists) actively practising medicine in public and private institutions and provide services
directly to patients. The number of FTE is calculated by adding the full and appropriate proportion
of parttime occupied posts. Source: German Medical Association, Federal Medical Registry and Federal
Statistical Office, Health Care Personnel
homes and in health centres. Excluding those who are self-employed.
Central Bureau of Statistics.
Source: Norwegian Medical Association.
physicians with half-time (3.5 hours/day). NCHS has a Medical Personnel National Register,
registering each physician's medical practice with a number.
Please see definition of indicator 275201.
the following categories are not included in the total number of physicians: administrators, working
in research institutions, teaching medical students, sanitary group, stomatologists.
Source: Centre of Health Statistics, Ministry of Health.
2. NHS employees only.
3. There was a data quality issue in the Welsh 2006 data, therefore 2006 data has been estimated
using pro rata calculations to ensure the time series is consistent.