Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
General medical practitioners (GPs) are primary caregivers, the first point of contact for people seeking health care, and they are trained in the total health care of the whole person. GPs are the gatekeepers of the health-care system, referring patients to secondary health-care providers like hospitals and medical specialists, where appropriate. The industry is overwhelmingly dominated by publicly funded practices, whilst private practices account for just over 6% of industry revenue. Over the past five years, the industry has undergone a shake-up as the government has restricted funding for GPs and implemented a number of changes regarding how practices are funded and administered. As a result, industry revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 0.9%... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The regional distribution of general medical practices is mainly influenced by the spread of population across the United Kingdom as they provide the first point of contact in to the wider healthcare system for most people. The distribution of people in older age groups may also affect demand for primary healthcare services. Other significant factors include the state of regional health, as well as the level of health consciousness in the area.
The largest share of general medical practices can be found in London, which contains the second largest share of the population and has the highest levels of disposable income per head. Overall, London accounts for 18.7% of industry establishments. Lon.. purchase to read more