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The data visualization presents a profile of physicians in Canada in 2018.

  • Supply. In 2018, there were 89,911 physicians in Canada, representing a 3.8% increase over 2017. There were 241 physicians per 100,000 population; 8% of physicians were located in rural areas and 92% were concentrated in urban areas. Overall, the average age of physicians was 50. 58% of practising physicians in Canada were male, and 26% were trained internationally.
  • Payments. In 2017–2018, total gross clinical payments to physicians increased 3.9% over the previous year to $27.4 billion. Fee-for-service payments accounted for 73% of gross clinical payments, and alternative payments accounted for 27%. In 2017–2018, the average gross clinical payment per physician was $345,000. The average payment to family medicine physicians was $281,000; the average payment to medical specialists was $360,000; and the average payment to surgical specialists was $481,000.
  • Family medicine profile. In 2018, 53% of family medicine physicians were male and 47% were female. The average age of male family medicine physicians was 52, while the average age of female family medicine physicians was 46. 30% of family medicine physicians were trained internationally.
  • Medical specialists profile. In 2018, 60% of medical specialists were male and 40% were female. The average age of male medical specialists was 52, while the average age of female medical specialists was 46. 25% of medical specialists were trained internationally.
  • Surgical specialists profile. In 2018, 70% of surgical specialists were male and 30% were female. The average age of male surgical specialists was 53, while the average age of female surgical specialists was 44. 17% of surgical specialists were trained internationally.

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