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Becker’s Hospital Review: 74% of physicians are hospital or corporate employees, with pandemic fueling increase

By Kelly Gooch

April 19th, 2022

The percentage of U.S. physicians employed by hospitals, health systems or corporate entities grew from 62.2 percent in January 2019 to 73.9 percent as of January 2022, according to new data from Avalere in a study sponsored by the Physicians Advocacy Institute.

In January 2021, 69.3 percent of physicians were employed by hospitals, health systems or corporate entities, according to the study.

Avalere researchers cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a contributing factor to the trend. They found that 108,700 additional physicians became employees of hospitals or other corporate entities since January 2019, with 83,000 of that shift taking place after the pandemic began.