D.C. Pressed for Primary Care Physicians

Practicing physicians are sparse in Washington, D.C., as a new report shows only 2,821 physicians spend more than 20 hours a week seeing patients in the District, according to a Washington Post report.

That number is a portion of the District's 8,490 licensed physicians. Practicing primary care physicians are even scarcer. There are 382 in internal medicine, 307 in pediatrics, 119 in obstetrics and gynecology and 110 in family practice.

While the numbers suggest more physicians are needed in the District, they do not necessarily reflect a shortage. Rather, the area has a poor distribution of practicing physicians since they are clustered in areas surrounding hospitals.

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