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County Supply and Distribution Tables - Physicians

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Licensing Board and Data Source: Texas Medical Board (TMB) - The TMB adopts rules for the regulation of persons wishing to practice as Physicians in Texas.

The following tables include all active and non-federal Physicians (Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathy) practicing in Texas. Residents and fellows, teachers, administrators, researchers, federal, military, retired and "not-in-practice" Physicians are excluded from the supply totals. Locum Tenens physicians are also excluded.

"Direct Patient Care" Physicians are those who work directly with patients, and do not include researchers, administrators, or teachers.

"Primary Care" Physicians are those who indicate that they have a primary specialty of General Practice, Family Practice/Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and/or Gynecology, or Geriatrics, and are a sub-set of Direct Patient Care Physicians.
Note: Geriatrics began to be included in the primary care statistics in 2004.

For more information on Physician data collection methods, please see Physician File Preparation Methodology.

Information regarding the education requirements, licensure requirements, and responsibilities of Physicians can be found on the website of the Texas Medical Board at http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/.

 

Historical Supply Trends Graphs

Table of Trends by Race and Gender

 

1975 Physicians by County of Residence
Direct Patient Care Physicians (11,275), Primary Care Physicians (5,363)

1981 Physicians by County of Residence - May
Direct Patient Care Physicians (18,636), Primary Care Physicians (7,883)

1982 Physicians by County of Practice - July
Direct Patient Care Physicians Not Available, Primary Care Physicians (8,391)

1983 Physicians by County of Practice
Direct Patient Care Physicians (19,635), Primary Care Physicians (9,171)

1984 Physicians by County of Practice
Direct Patient Care Physicians (20,361), Primary Care Physicians (9,429)

1985 Physicians by County of Practice - May
Direct Patient Care Physicians (20,822), Primary Care Physicians (9,597)

1987 Physicians by County of Practice - June
Direct Patient Care Physicians (22,391), Primary Care Physicians (10,273)

1988 Physicians by County of Practice - May
Direct Patient Care Physicians (21,589), Primary Care Physicians (9,889)

1990 Physicians by County of Practice - May
Direct Patient Care Physicians (22,711), Primary Care Physicians (10,308)

1991 Physicians by County of Practice - May
Direct Patient Care Physicians (23,119), Primary Care Physicians (10,338)

1992 Physicians by County of Practice - June
Direct Patient Care Physicians (23,609), Primary Care Physicians (10,402)

1993 Physicians by County of Practice - May
Direct Patient Care Physicians (23,656), Primary Care Physicians (10,251)

1994 Physicians by County of Practice - June
Direct Patient Care Physicians(24,993), Primary Care Physicians (10,797)

1995 Physicians by County of Practice - June*
Direct Patient Care Physicians (25,912), Primary Care Physicians (11,141)

1996 Physicians by County of Practice - March*
Direct Patient Care Physicians (27,248), Primary Care Physicians (11,826)

1997 Physicians by County of Practice - April
Direct Patient Care Physicians (28,007), Primary Care Physicians (12,160)

1998 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (28,778), Primary Care Physicians (12,776)

1999 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (30,348), Primary Care Physicians (13,586)

2000 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (31,769), Primary Care Physicians (14,268)

2001 Physicians by County of Practice - October
Direct Patient Care Physicians (32,281), Primary Care Physicians (14,437)

2002 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (33,094), Primary Care Physicians (14,879)

2003 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (34,432), Primary Care Physicians (15,278)

2004 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (34,904), Primary Care Physicians (15,360)

2005 Physicians by County of Practice - October
Direct Patient Care Physicians (35,811), Primary Care Physicians (15,718)

2006 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (36,450), Primary Care Physicians (15,895)

2007 Physicians by County of Practice - August
Direct Patient Care Physicians (37,177), Primary Care Physicians (16,120),
                               Primary Care Physicians by Specialty

2008 Physicians by County of Practice - October**
Direct Patient Care Physicians (38,387), Primary Care Physicians (16,528),
                               Primary Care Physicians by Specialty

2009 Physicians by County of Practice - August
Direct Patient Care Physicians (39,374), Primary Care Physicians (16,830),
                               Primary Care Physicians by Specialty

2010 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (41,191), Primary Care Physicians (17,526),
                               Primary Care Physicians by Specialty

2011 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (42,716), Primary Care Physicians (17,996),
                               Primary Care Physicians by Specialty

2012 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (44,244), Primary Care Physicians (18,574),
                               Primary Care Physicians by Specialty

2013 Physicians by County of Practice - September
Direct Patient Care Physicians (45,650), Primary Care Physicians (18,834),
                               Primary Care Physicians by Specialty

*Note: In February of 2009, HPRC discovered errors in the 1995 and 1996 Direct Patient Care and Primary Care Physician files and made corrections; the tables posted here are new and reflect the changes. Therefore, the information in the 1995 and 1996 tables posted here may not match information previously published in the reports found on our Publications page and others.

**Note: Due to changes in the methodology of the file preparation, Researchers and Faculty were counted (for the first time in 2008) if they also indicated Direct Medical/Patient Care. This resulted in approximately an additional 627 records in the Direct Patient Care file and 240 records in the Primary Care file above the usual yearly increase. For more information, see Physician File Preparation Methodology.


Note:  Many agencies that certify or license health professionals collect only a licensee's mailing address for correspondence purposes. The mailing (RESIDENCE) address may be either the work or home address of the licensee. If available, the HPRC county totals for each profession are based on the PRACTICE address from licensure data, and from the mailing/residence address if the practice address is not available.  Therefore, when the mailing/residence address is used, the county supply totals may not accurately reflect the actual supply in a county since a professional may live in one county but practice in another.

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 Please contact the Health Professions Resource Center at (512) 776-7261 or contact us by email if you have any comments or questions about the above licensing board information or supply tables.

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Last updated December 06, 2013