Table 2

Number of primary care physicians and visits, Mar. 12 to July 29, 2019 (pre-COVID-19) and Mar. 11 to July 28, 2020 (COVID-19), by visit location and physician characteristics

VariableNo. (%) of physicians*No. (%) of office visitsNo. (%) of home visits
Pre-COVID-19
n = 9572
COVID-19
n = 9572
Pre-COVID-19
n = 15 174 126
COVID-19
n = 3 206 492
Pre-COVID-19
n = 108 679
COVID-19
n = 43 568
Physician sex
 Female4737 (49.5)4737 (49.5)6 234 943 (41.1)1 149 541 (35.8)37 705 (34.7)12 441 (28.6)
 Male4835 (50.5)4835 (50.5)8 939 183 (58.9)2 056 951 (64.2)70 974 (65.3)31 127 (71.4)
Physician age, yr
 30–443187 (33.3)3187 (33.3)4 555 425 (30.0)779 737 (24.3)31 931 (29.4)8 784 (20.2)
 45–644604 (48.1)4604 (48.1)8 158 405 (53.8)1 820 863 (56.8)53 656 (49.4)24 726 (56.8)
 65–741392 (14.5)1392 (14.5)1 985 398 (13.1)514 083 (16.0)18 718 (17.2)8 044 (18.5)
 ≥ 75333 (3.5)333 (3.5)306 146 (2.0)82 167 (2.6)2 950 (2.7)1 911 (4.4)
Graduation country
 Canada5296 (55.3)5296 (55.3)7 103 675 (46.8)1 535 005 (47.9)57 673 (53.1)27 059 (62.1)
 Other2422 (25.3)2422 (25.3)5 260 641 (34.7)1 138 036 (35.5)30 163 (27.8)9521 (21.8)
 N/A1854 (19.4)1854 (19.4)2 809 810 (18.5)533 451 (16.6)20 84 (19.2)6988 (16.0)
Physician panel size
 < 100664 (6.9)664 (6.9)362 578 (2.4)44 474 (1.4)7602 (7.0)2171 (5.0)
 100–4991062 (11.1)1062 (11.1)1 035 013 (6.8)179 433 (5.6)14 513 (13.4)6613 (15.2)
 500–9992000 (20.9)2000 (20.9)2 302 272 (15.2)433 750 (13.5)17 668 (16.3)6154 (14.1)
 1000–14992666 (27.8)2666 (27.8)3 826 043 (25.2)753 013 (23.5)28 707 (26.4)11 133 (25.6)
 1500–19991749 (18.3)1749 (18.3)3 294 063 (21.7)711 382 (22.2)20 684 (19.0)8753 (20.1)
 2000–2499838 (8.8)838 (8.8)2 091 176 (13.8)476 475 (14.9)13 261 (12.2)6224 (14.3)
 ≥ 2500591 (6.2)591 (6.2)2 262 912 (14.9)607 962 (19.0)6244 (5.8)2520 (5.8)
VariableNo. (%) of virtual visitsNo. (%) of overall visits
Pre-COVID-19
n = 138 201
COVID-19
n = 7 991 197
Pre-COVID-19
n = 15 421 006
COVID-19
n = 11 241 257
Physician sex
 Female53 789 (38.9)3 566 819 (44.6)6 326 437 (41.0)4 728 801 (42.1)
 Male84 412 (61.1)4 424 378 (55.4)9 094 569 (59.0)6 512 456 (57.9)
Physician age, yr
 30–4482 753 (59.9)2 370 048 (29.7)4 670 109 (30.3)3 158 569 (28.1)
 45–6435 893 (26.0)4 358 367 (54.5)8 247 954 (53.5)6 203 956 (55.2)
 65–743942 (2.8)1 067 717 (13.4)2 008 058 (13.0)1 589 844 (14.1)
 ≥ 7558 (0.0)162 986 (2.0)309 154 (2.0)247 064 (2.2)
Graduation country
 Canada25 751 (18.6)3 852 638 (48.2)7 187 099 (46.6)5 414 702 (48.2)
 Other41 202 (29.8)2 677 533 (33.5)5 332 006 (34.6)3 825 090 (34.0)
 N/A71 248 (51.6)1 461 026 (18.3)2 901 901 (18.8)2 001 465 (17.8)
Physician panel size
 < 1002683 (1.9)117 181 (1.5)372 863 (2.4)163 826 (1.5)
 100–49923 737 (17.2)363 001 (4.5)1 073 263 (7.0)549 047 (4.9)
 500–99925 659 (18.6)1 216 963 (15.2)2 345 599 (15.2)1 656 867 (14.7)
 1000–149919 757 (14.3)2 137 171 (26.7)3 874 507 (25.1)2 901 317 (25.8)
 1500–199927 328 (19.8)1 812 409 (22.7)3 342 075 (21.7)2 532 544 (22.5)
 2000–249910 354 (7.5)1 138 840 (14.2)2 114 791 (13.7)1 621 539 (14.4)
 ≥ 250028 683 (20.8)1 205 632 (15.1)2 297 839 (14.9)1 816 114 (16.2)
  • Note: COVID-19 = coronavirus disease 2019, N/A = not available.

  • * ICES Physician database is only updated to 2018/19 and was used for both the 2019 and 2020 analyses.

  • Data were not available for recent time periods.