via Molly Gamble on Beckers Hospital Review

Figures show that while the physician workforce has expanded by roughly 110,000 physicians since 2000, the number of independent providers has dropped by at least 18 percent in that same timeframe. Physicians were defined as independent if they owned at least part of a practice.

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2000

  • Practicing physicians: 682,470
  • Percent independent: 57 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 389,008

2001

  • Practicing physicians: 690,369
  • Percent independent: 55 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 381,228

2002

  • Practicing physicians: 698,359
  • Percent independent: 53 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 373,603

2003

  • Practicing physicians: 706,441
  • Percent independent: 52 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 366,131

2004

  • Practicing physicians: 714,617
  • Percent independent: 50 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 358,809

2005

  • Practicing physicians: 722,888
  • Percent independent: 49 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 351,632

2006

  • Practicing physicians: 731,254
  • Percent independent: 47 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 344,600

2007

  • Practicing physicians: 739,718
  • Percent independent: 46 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 337,708

2008

  • Practicing physicians: 748,279
  • Percent independent: 44 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 330,954

2009

  • Practicing physicians: 756,939
  • Percent independent: 43 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 324,334

2010

  • Practicing physicians: 765,700
  • Percent independent: 42 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 317,848

2011

  • Practicing physicians: 774,562
  • Percent independent: 41 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 313,703

2012

  • Practicing physicians: 783,526
  • Percent independent: 39 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 305,575

2013 (Projected)

  • Practicing physicians: 792,594
  • Percent independent: 36 percent
  • Estimated number of independent physicians: 289,127