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HEALTH RESOURCES -Licensed Providers of Conventional Medicine
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Conventional Medicine Providers: The most common licensed providers of conventional medicine, which includes interventions taught widely in medical schools and generally available in U.S. hospitals, are physicians, dentists and nurses. Other such providers include psychologists, podiatrists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physical therapists, and dental hygienists.

Physicians: There were 3,874 licensed physicians in Hawai'i in 2010.1 With 2.8 active2,3 physicians per 1,000 resident population, Hawai'i has more physicians per capita than the nation overall (2.5 physicians per 1,000 population). Hawai'i ranks 8th among states in physicians per capita.3

Primary Care Physicians: Primary care physicians, or PCPs, provide a full range of basic health services to their patients. They include general practitioners, pediatricians, obstetrician/gynecologists, family practice physicians, and internists. Most health maintenance organizations (HMOs) require each enrollee to select a PCP who provides or arranges for appropriate care. Forty-one (41) percent of active physicians in Hawai'i are PCPs, slightly more than the U.S. percentage of 36. Hawai'i ranks 12th in the percentage of active physicians that are primary care physicians.4

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