12 Notable Statistics of Physicians in Canada (Quick Facts)
- The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) reported that in 2015, there were more than 82,000 physicians in Canada.
- In 2015, the average physician age was 50 years, and approximately 60% were male, and 40% female.
- In the span of 5 years, the CIHI 2020 report indicated that the number of physicians increased to 92,173 in Canada, with the proportion of female physicians in the workforce continuing to rise.
- In 2020, 48.5% of family medicine physicians and 38.8% of specialist physicians in Canada were female.
- The same CIHI data report showed the physician-to-population ratio as of 2020 was 242 doctors per 100,000 population, with approximately 26% being International Medical Graduates.
- CAPER (The Canadian Post-M.D. Education Registry) is the central repository for statistical information on postgraduate medical education in Canada. CAPER maintains individual-level data for all postgraduate medical residents and fellows.
- CAPER's Annual Census report provides comprehensive statistics on post-M.D. training in Canada.
- The 2020-2021 CAPER Annual Census of Post-MD Trainees found that among those completing their post-graduate training in 2019, 41% were completing family medicine programs and 59% were completing medical, surgical and laboratory programs.
- According to CAPER 2017 Report, there were over 16,000 physicians pursuing residency training in 2015.
- 72% of Canadian graduates do their post-M.D. training in the province where they earned their M.D. degree. This proportion has not changed substantially in over a decade.
- 74% of Canadian graduates choose to practise in the province where they graduated.
- Payment via fee-for-service 72%, and alternative payment plans account for 28% of physician compensation models.
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