According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009, there were 921,900 medical doctors in the United States during 2006 (an increase from 813,800 in 2000), of which 560,400 were based in offices. 665,600 were men and 256,300 were women. 685,200 had graduated from medical schools in the United States.
Specialists in internal medicine were the largest group of physicians (155,700) and the smallest group of the categorized specialists were allergists/immunologists (4,200).
There were increases in physicians in each of the categorized medical specialties between 2000 and 2006 except for general practice (a decrease from 15,200 to 10,500) and ophthalmology (remained constant at 18,100).
The largest increases in actual numbers of physicians between 2000 and 2006 occurred in the following specialties: internal medicine (from 134,500 to 155,700); family practice (from 71,600 to 82,900); pediatrics (from 63,900 to 75,100); emergency medicine (from 23,100 to 30,000); and, anesthesiology (from 35,700 to 41,200).
So much for the argument from the so-called tort reformers who seek to limit the monetary damages victims of medical malpractice are legally entitled to recover, that physicians are fleeing their medical practices due to medical malpractice claims!
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