Generalist medical practitioners (which include general practitioners) provide continuing and comprehensive medical care to individuals, families and communities. The number of generalist medical practitioners per 100,000 inhabitants varied noticeably across the different European Union (EU) Member States in 2016.
In most of the 21 Member States, for which 2016 data are available, there were between 60 and 120 generalist medical practitioners for every 100,000 inhabitants. Two countries reported more than 160 generalist medical practitioners per 100,000: Portugal (253 per 100,000) and Ireland (179 per 100,000, based on the number of generalist medical practitioners licensed to practice). These were followed by Austria, the Netherlands and France, where the rate was between 150 and 160 per 100,000, Eurostat informs on Thursday.
At the other end of the scale, Greece reported the lowest number of generalist medical practitioners in relation to the size of the population: 42 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The average in Romania is of 77 generalist medical practitioners per 100,000 inhabitants.
Other countries with low average are Bulgaria (64), Slovenia (68), Latvia (72) and the UK (76).