Figure 3: Number of Physicians Entering Versus the Number of Physicians Leaving the Workforce, Active Physicians, Canada, 1978 to 2008

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Number of Physicians Entering Versus the Number of Physicians Leaving the Workforce, Active Physicians, Canada, 1978 to 2008

Year

Physicians Entering the Workforce

Physicians Leaving the Workforce

1978

1,943

1,369

1979

2,415

1,402

1980

2,060

1,221

1981

2,087

1,059

1982

2,999

1,233

1983

2,497

1,142

1984

2,563

1,600

1985

3,018

1,188

1986

2,541

1,175

1987

3,375

1,399

1988

3,790

1,677

1989

3,150

1,548

1990

2,939

2,431

1991

3,152

2,185

1992

3,001

2,029

1993

3,088

1,751

1994

2,344

2,435

1995

1,961

1,965

1996

2,265

2,287

1997

2,113

1,824

1998

2,682

1,726

1999

2,652

1,901

2000

2,457

1,568

2001

2,940

2,197

2002

3,069

2,203

2003

1,911

1,869

2004

2,986

1,828

2005

2,593

1,583

2006

2,883

2,198

2007

2,518

1,143

2008

3,355

1,597

Notes

  • Physicians entering the workforce = any physician who is categorized as active in year X but was not categorized as active in year X–1.
  • Physicians leaving the workforce = any physician who was not categorized as active in year X but was categorized as active in year X–1.
  • Includes active physicians in clinial practice and active physicians not working in a clinical practice.
  • Excludes residents and non-licensed physicians who requested that their information not be published.
  • Data as of December 31 of the reference year.

Source: Scott’s Medical Database, 1978 to 2008, Canadian Institute for Health Information.

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