October 1974

Provision of Private Physician Services to Children and Adolescents

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Genetics, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(4):504-507. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110290074012

Private practice data for 1972 were analyzed for groups aged 0 to 12 and 13 to 21 years old by type of practice, geographic region, place of contact, and principal diagnoses. Pediatricians, 6% of all private practicing physicians, account for 8% of the 1.6 billion contacts for all ages, 45% of the 0- to 12-year-old contacts, and only 5.5% of the 13- to 21-year-old activity. Pediatricians are unique among primary care physicians in reporting no adolescent obstetrical or venereal disease care. Sixty-one percent of the adolescent contacts are with general physicians (MD or DO) or obstetricians/gynecologists, representing 45% of the practicing population but only 10% of occupied residency posts in 1973.