AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas is adding doctors who treat patients faster than all but one state. This is true for gains in physicians and percentage gain in physicians, according to data just released by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
California surpassed Texas in raw physician growth while Utah bested all states in percentage gain in physicians from 2010-2012, the most current years for which comparative data is available.
Texas has held the runner-up position in gains in physicians and percentage gain in physicians since 2008.
During the past four years, the U.S. has added 40,140 active patient care physicians. Texas has accounted for one eighth of those physicians, said Dr. Howard Marcus, an Austin internist and chairman of Texas Alliance For Patient Access.
The rate of physician growth in Texas far exceeds that of other states with large populations.
"California has a population 50% greater than Texas but added just 10% more active patient care physicians than did Texas," Dr. Marcus said. "This boon in physician gains is in no small part due to the medical lawsuit reformed passed in Texas ten years ago," he noted.
The Association of American Medical Colleges produces a state physician workforce data book every other year. Since 2008 the AAMC has captured data on what they refer to as active patient care physicians. These are doctors who treat patients. Excluded from this count are those engaged in administration, medical teaching, research or other non-patient care activities.
Association of American Medical Colleges
Active Patient Care Physicians
- California 5,466
- Texas 4,939
- Florida 2,221
- North Carolina 1,488
- New York 1,450
- Utah 12.86%
- Texas 11.56%
- North Dakota 10.92%
- Colorado 9.6%
- Arizona 9.55%
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Austin, Texas 78746
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SOURCE Texas Alliance for Patient Access