Primary Care Doctors in Canada
The Primary Care Doctors industry in Canada, which includes general practitioners who provide comprehensive first contact and continued care, has exhibited moderate growth in recent years. Demand for primary care services has grown organically due to demographic changes such as the aging of the population. Due to the significant uptick in birth rates between 1946 and 1965, as well as medical advancements that have boosted life expectancy, the number of seniors has increased in recent years. With the incidence of degenerative medical conditions increasing with age, the older population has necessitated greater spending on industry services. Industry growth has also been fuelled by the government's commitment to increase primary care access. A majority of funds spent on physicians is derived from provincial and territorial governments, although payment to primary care service providers occurs at the regional level. With the 2004 launch of the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care, the federal government increased industry funding in an effort to increase the accessibility of primary care services.
This industry includes general practitioners who possess a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree. These doctors primarily work using a broad understanding of all illnesses and do not restrict their practice to one particular field of medicine. Doctors in this industry are trained for comprehensive first-contact and continued care for individuals with any undiagnosed health concern.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.