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Report Describes Physician Market in California

A recent report from the California Health Care Foundation examines the landscape of physician services in California, including supply, physician demographics, education and compensation. According to the report, nearly half of licensed physicians provide 40 or more hours of care per week, while 21 percent provide fewer than 20 hours. Active patient care physicians overwhelmingly identified as white or Asian/Pacific Islander – 60 percent combined – while Latino and African American physicians represented only a combined 8 percent. Roughly one-quarter of physicians represented in the report attended medical school in California. The report also found that physician supply varied by region — the greater Bay Area was the only region that met the recommended supply of primary care physicians, while Inland Empire, San Joaquin Valley, and northern and Sierra counties all fell short of the recommended supply of specialists.