The primary care physicians market is estimated to be valued at US$ 701.20 Bn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Primary care physicians (PCPs) are doctors who provide routine health care services to patients. This includes things like treating common illnesses, providing preventive care, managing chronic diseases, referring patients to specialists, and getting results from diagnostic tests. PCPs focus on treating the whole patient rather than a specific condition. Common types of PCPs include general practitioners, internists, family medicine physicians, pediatricians, and obstetrician/gynecologists.
The primary care physicians market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period, owing to increasing healthcare expenditure and aging population. Healthcare spending worldwide has witnessed substantial rise over the past few decades and is expected to grow at a higher rate during the forecast period. Rising disposable incomes in developing countries allow people to spend more on their health. Moreover, the aging population is more prone to chronic illnesses which require continuous medical supervision that boost the demand for primary care physicians. Additionally, primary care plays a vital role as the first point of contact for patients within healthcare systems and acts as the coordinator of care across all settings. Governments across countries are promoting primary care to reduce overburdening of specialty and emergency care, thereby fueling the market growth.
Strength: The primary care physicians market has a strong foundation as primary care acts as the first point of contact for patients in the healthcare system. It allows for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses at an early stage. This can significantly reduce long-term healthcare costs. Primary care doctors also help manage chronic conditions and promote wellness through lifestyle coaching.
Weakness: Shortage of primary care physicians is a major challenge for the market. Long working hours and increasing administrative workload are reducing career attractiveness. Reimbursement rates for primary care services are also significantly lower compared to specialty care, creating financial disincentives.
Opportunity: Growth of telehealth and virtual care models present an opportunity to alleviate capacity constraints and expand access to care. Integration of digital health tools allows primary care practices to monitor patients remotely and intervene proactively. The aging population and rising prevalence of chronic diseases also increases the need for preventive and management services.
Threats: Specialty care continues to draw more medical students and represents a looming threat. Physicians shifting away from primary care exacerbates capacity issues. Payers also have bargaining power to negotiate lower reimbursements, squeezing operating margins for clinics and physician groups.
The global primary care physicians market size is expected to witness high growth, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.5% over the forecast period, due to increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. Chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases require ongoing primary care for effective management.
Regional analysis: The US region currently dominates the primary care physicians market, accounting for over 35% revenue share in 2023. This is attributed to the country's large population and higher healthcare spending. However, growth rates are higher in developing regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America due to rising incomes, healthcare reforms and expanding insurance coverage.
Key players: Key players operating in the primary care physicians market are Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, UCLA Health, Ascension, Providence St. Joseph Health, Rush University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian, UCSF Health, Northwestern Medicine, Partners HealthCare, Mount Sinai Health System, University of Michigan Health System, University of Washington Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Stanford Health Care, NYU Langone Health, Penn Medicine. These large integrated delivery systems and academic medical centers aim to enhance access, quality and coordination across various care settings.