Which Country Has the Most Physicians?

Number of Physicians (persons), 2014 or latest
Health Care | January 1, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 36 countries in 2014, China ranked the highest in number of physicians with 2,285,794 persons followed by India and USA. On the other end of the scale was Iceland with 1,183 persons, Luxembourg with 1,589 persons and Estonia with 4,327 persons.

Data for more countries are available at Number of Physicians indicator page.

Number of Physicians Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Canada persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 86,365 ... ...
China persons ... 1,791,881 1,905,436 1,972,840 2,020,154 2,138,836 ...
Colombia persons 70,079 72,544 75,008 77,473 80,295
France persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 199,920 201,811
Germany persons 292,129 297,835 305,093 312,695 318,887 ...
India persons 761,429 793,705 846,472 922,177 883,812 ...
Italy persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 221,235 ... ... 230,621 ...
Japan persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 274,992 ... 283,548 ... 292,039 ... ...
Mexico persons 216,021 222,570 228,028 243,008 247,662 ...
Poland persons 82,397 82,813 83,201 84,221 85,025 ...
Russia persons 703,800 711,300 715,800 732,800 703,200 ...
South Korea persons 90,532 94,672 98,293 101,370 104,114
Spain persons ... ... 162,900 166,800 175,033 179,267 178,833 ...
USA persons 740,867 749,566 752,572 767,782 784,633 ...
United Kingdom persons 158,132 164,895 169,202 173,408 175,259