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Supply. In 2015, there were 82,198 physicians in Canada, representing a 2.9% increase over 2014. There were 228 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 years old. 60% of practicing physicians in Canada were male, and 26% were trained internationally.
Payments. In fiscal year 2014–2015, total gross clinical payments to physicians increased 3.7% over the previous year to $25 billion. Fee-for-service payments accounted for 72% of gross clinical payments, and alternative payments accounted for 28%. In 2014–2015, the average gross clinical payment per physician was $339,000. The average payment to family medicine physicians was $271,000, the average payment to medical specialists was $338,000, and the average payment to surgical specialists was $446,000.
Family Medicine Profile. In 2015, 55% of family medicine physicians were male and 45% were female. The average age of male family medicine physicians was 53 years, while the average age of female family medicine physicians was 46 years. 29% of family medicine physicians were trained internationally.
Medical Specialists Profile. In 2015, 62% of medical specialists were male and 38% were female. The average age of male medical specialists was 52 years, while the average age of female medical specialists was 46 years. 24% of medical specialists were trained internationally.
Surgical Specialists Profile. In 2015, 73% of surgical specialists were male and 27% were female. The average age of male surgical specialists was 53 years, while the average age of female surgical specialists was 44 years. 18% of surgical specialists were trained internationally.