• Other generalist (non–specialist) medical practitioners, total number (Line chart)
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Indicator notes
Other generalist (non–specialist) medical practitioners, total number
Indicator code: ph_spec.gen.other

Other generalist medical practitioners do not limit their practice to certain disease categories or methods of treatment.
Inclusion
- Generalist/non-specialist practitioners working in hospital or in other settings
- Medical interns or residents without any area of specialisation yet
Exclusion
- General practitioners (“family doctors”)
- Paediatricians
Note: The number should be at the end of the calendar year.
Country notes
Albania
Data not available.
Armenia
Source of data: Republican Research and Information Health Centre and the National Statistic Service of the Republic of Armenia, Report form of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia ? 17 “Health employment”, http://healthinfo.am/Statistical%20Report.htm, Statistical book, Armenia, English version (zip) 2009.
Reference period: 31 December.
Deviation from the definition: Includes physicians that hold a diploma after completion of residency in the relevant specialty which gives the right to engage in practical activities.
Austria
Source of data: Osterreichische Arztekammer - Vollerhebung / Austrian Medical Chamber - total of members.
Reference period: December/January (reference day varies).
Coverage:
- includes general practitioners who do not run a private practice (“Arzte fur Allgemeinmedizin ohne Ordination”), mainly general practitioners in hospitals;
- excludes interns ("Turnusarzte").
Deviation from definition:
- Medical interns/residents cannot be separated by specialisation or progress of training.
Break in time series: From 1995 data include “Wohnsitzarzte”, i.e. freelancing general practitioners without private practice.
Azerbaijan
Data not available.
Belarus
Source of data: National Statistics Committee of Belarus http://belstat.gov.by/; National Archives of the Republic of Belarus http://narb.by/
Coverage: Data provided on medical practitioners. Interns are included in the category "Medical doctors not further classified”.
Reporting period: 31 December.
Deviation from the definition: Data on foreign doctors are not included because this information is not available.
Belgium
Source of data: Institut National d'Assurance Maladie Invalidite. “Rapport Annuel”.
Coverage: If other generalists exist in Belgium, they do not fulfill the activity requirements used in definition applied on the Belgian data and have only very small activity levels. Therefore, “0” has been reported.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Data not available.
Bulgaria
Source of data: National Statistical Institute, Exhaustive annual survey
Reference period: 31st December
Coverage: All physicians practicing General medicine who worked on a basic labour contract in health establishments. Residents are included (data refer to the speciality that has been practiced).
Estimation method: Data on medical specialists refer to the practiced speciality.
Croatia
Source of data: Croatian National Institute of Public Health, Health Manpower Register
Cyprus
Source of data: Statistical Service of Cyprus, Health and Hospital Statistics. For the years 1985, 1987, 1995 and 2000 figures were obtained from the Census of Doctors, Dentists and Clinics.
Reference period: 31st December.
Czechia
Source of data: Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic; Registry of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists.
- There are no other generalists/non-specialists in the Czech Republic (there are only general doctors).
Denmark
Data not available.
Estonia
Source of data:
- Annual reports, National Institute for Health Development, Department of Health Statistics.
Reference period:
- 1980-2012: 31st of December.
- Since 2013: November.
Coverage:
- The category “Other generalists (non-specialist) medical practitioners” contains “general/non specialist practitioners”.
- Medical staff working in research or other areas is not included. The military area has been included since 2010.
- The data are estimated in 2002-2004 because general practitioners were combined with “physicians in training”. (General practitioners and physicians in training were not distinguished.)
Break in time series: 2005 and 2013.
- Until 2004 the number of practising physicians was based on their last or main educational qualification.
- From 2005 the head count distribution is made according to their main occupational activity (occupation).
- The data collection methodology was changed in 2013. Aggregated data collection was replaced with data collection on a personal basis. From 2013, the predominant (main) area of practice is based on an occupation with the highest workload.
Finland
Data not available. All physicians working in primary care are classified as GP’s regardless of their specialty. There is no possibility of distinguishing between general practitioners and other generalist medical practitioners.
France
Data not available.
Georgia
Note: Category “Other generalist (not-specialist) medical practitioners” do not exist.
Germany
Source of data: German Medical Association, Medical practitioner statistics; special calculation by the Federal Statistical Office on base of data from the German Medical Association, http://www.gbe-bund.de or http://www.baek.de.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage:
- Data contain the number of other generalist medical practitioners who are actively practising medicine in public and private institutions and provide services directly to patients (head-count data).
- Included are practising physicians without specialty in inpatient care sector.
- Included are interns and resident physicians working in the stationary sector.
- Excluded are students who have not yet graduated.
Greece
Data not available.
Hungary
Data not available.
Iceland
Data not available. Some practitioners may be included within the category “Medical doctors not further defined”.
Ireland
Source of data: Medical Council of Ireland.
Reference period: Data refer to 31st December.
Coverage:
- Data come from the registration statistics of the Medical Council of Ireland and include physicians registered by the Medical Council of Ireland who have entered and maintained their name as fully registered doctors in the Register of Medical Practitioners. The majority of doctors in this category are those registered in the Register of Medical Practitioners General Division. General registration is specifically for medical practitioners who have not completed specialist training and do not occupy an individually numbered, identifiable postgraduate training post. Also included are interns, supervised doctors and those registered in the Visiting EEA Division.
Deviation from the definition: Data refer to physicians licensed to practice.
Break in time series: Prior to 2009, data included specialists in training. Break in Series 2014: From 2014, data refer to doctors registered with the Medical Council of Ireland who, in the last 12 months, have declared themselves active and who have worked in Ireland either full or part-time.
Israel
Source of data: The data are based on the Physician License Registry which is maintained by the Medical Professions Division and the Health Information Division in the Ministry of Health, for which the demographic information is periodically updated from the Population Registry at the Ministry of Interior. The source of residents' data by categories is the Israeli Medical Association.
Reference period: End of the year.
Coverage:
- Data are for the number of professionally active physicians.
- Data include non-specialist GPs who are working in hospitals or in other settings, but not in the HMO's (Health Maintenance Organisations).
Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Italy
Source of data: ISTAT provides data produced by CEGEDIM ITALIA - One Key database. http://crm.cegedim.com/solutions/data/data-overview/Pages/onekey-database.aspx.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Data refer to practising physicians. Medical interns and residents who have completed a basic medical university education and are undertaking postgraduate clinical training can provide services as generalist medical practitioners in the private sector only (not in the National Health Service). Medical interns and residents who are pursuing postgraduate training are included as “other generalist medical practitioners”.
Kazakhstan
Note: The category does not exist in the country.
Latvia
Data not available.
Lithuania
Source of data: Health Information Centre of Institute of Hygiene, data of entire annual survey of health establishments. Report “Health Statistics of Lithuania”, available from http://sic.hi.lt/html/en/hsl.htm. Predominant area of practice is used as criterion to classify physicians by categories.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Data includes medical doctors (general). Up to 2010 residents are excluded. Since 2011 residents are included in respective category of physicians.
Break in time series:
- 2011: Since year 2011, interns and residents are included in the respective category of physicians by specialities. In year 2010 and earlier, interns and residents were included in the category Medical doctors not further defined.
Luxembourg
Source of data: Direction de la Sante - Service des statistiques. Register of doctors and health professionals. Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Practising physicians.
Malta
Source of data: Specialist Registers and data from the Post Graduate Training Centre, Mater Dei Hospital.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Included physicians and interns who are not registered under any speciality. Although it’s not possible to verify if all these physicians are actually working as generalists medical practitioners, in Malta all licensed physicians can practice as such even if they are not listed in the speciality of General/Family Practice. Data has been amended. Physicians who are not registered under any speciality have been removed and included under Medical doctors not further defined since these physicians cannot be classified elsewhere, that is, their area of practice cannot be identified,
Montenegro
Source of data: The source for all data submitted is the Institute of Public Health. Some additional information can be found in Health Statistical Yearbooks available at http://www.ijzcg.me/
Reference period: December 31st.
Coverage: Only data from the public sector. The criteria used for the data was the last specialty for which doctors have received registration.
Note: the breakdown was provided for professionally active physicians Only non-specialists who are waiting to achieve the conditions for the clinical specialization are included in this category.
Netherlands
Source of data:
- Data for professionally active and licensed other generalist medical practitioners based on BIG register (register of (para)medical professions) and SSB database (micro-integrated database of Statistics Netherlands with data from the municipal register, tax register, social security, and business register).
Coverage: This group refers to "Arts niet in opleiding tot specialist" (Physician not in training for a specialty). This is calculated as a remainder: total active physicians minus all active physicians with a specialty (including GP's) minus all active physicians in training for a specialty.
Deviation from the definition: Data refer to professionally active physicians.
North Macedonia
Data for breakdown between General practitioners and Other generalists (non-specialist) medical practitioners not available.
Norway
Source of data:
- From 2010: Statistics Norway; Register-based statistics on employment of health care personnel. See http://www.ssb.no/hesospers_en/.
Reference period: 3rd week of November.
Coverage: Data on other generalist (non-specialist) medical practitioners are based on personnel fulfilling the following criteria:
- Non-specialists;
- Not classified as a general practitioner.
Note: The breakdown between general practitioners and other generalists/non-specialists is available as of 2009.
Poland
Source of data: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of National Defence.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: Physicians with Grade I specialisation in any specialty, interns and physicians without specialisation.
Note: Grade I and grade II specialisations were granted when the previous system was in force. Doctors, according to Polish law, could achieve this by September 1998. Obtaining a grade II specialisation is equivalent to the current title of specialist, but the grade I specialisation is not equivalent to the title of specialist and has no counterpart in the current system of specialised training.
Portugal
Source of data: Statistics Portugal and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage:
- Data include non-specialised physicians (for the entire data series).
Republic of Moldova
This categoty does not exist in the country: only physicians with specializations are allowed to be licenced to practice.
Romania
Source of data: National Institute of Statistics. Activity of Sanitary Units – annual survey perfomed by NIS
Coverage: Up to 2009 the data refer to “active”. Starting with 2010 the data refer to “practitioners”. Up to 2008 the data can not be broken down, family medical practictioners and general practitioners being recorded together. Data refer to general practitioners. Break in series: 2010.
Russian Federation
Source of data: Annual reporting forms ?17 «Information about the medical and pharmaceutical personnel", ?30 “Information about medical organization” and ?47 “Information about activities of medical organizations”, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: Includes only data for medical institutions of the Ministry of Health. Data from institutions of other ministries and private sector are not included.
Deviation from the definition: Interns and resident physicians are not included. Data include doctors of family medicine, district general practitioners, primary care physicians, and district pediatricians.
Note: The criteria used for placing physicians in the specialties: the prevailing (main) area of their practice.
San Marino
Data not available.
Serbia
Source of data: Institute of Public Health of Serbia, National register on health care human resources. Data as of December 31. http://www.batut.org.rs/.
Coverage: Data for Kosovo-Metohija province are not included in the coverage of data for the Republic of Serbia. Data from health institutions under other ministries (military services, prisons, social services) than the Ministry of Health are not included. Data from private health sector are not included.
Deviation from the definition: Data refer to professionally active physicians.
Slovakia
Data not available.
Slovenia
Source of data: National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia; National Health Care Providers Database.
Reference period: 31st December.
Coverage: The National Health Care Providers Database is a registry with total (100 %) coverage of health workers.
Spain
Source of data: Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equity.
Sweden
Data not available.
Switzerland
Data not available.
Tajikistan
Data not available.
Turkey
Data not available.
Turkmenistan
Source of data: Report from of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan. ? 17 “Health employment”
Reference period: 31 December.
Coverage: Includes data from institutions under the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, data from other Ministries or sectors not included.
Ukraine
There are no doctors belonging to this category in the country.
United Kingdom
Data not available (GPs and Other Generalist Medical Practitioners cannot be separated).