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Table 1 Distribution of ambulatory care visits in 2002 by specialty (selected)

From: Patterns of ambulatory care utilization in Taiwan

Specialty No. of visits (%, n = 2,443,003) No. of patients (%, n = 182,474) No. of specialists per 100,000 population (in 2004)
General practice* 624,047 (25.5) 106,550 (58.4) 18.8**
Otorhinolaryngology 232,775 (9.5) 61,057 (33.5) 6.6
Chinese medicine 224,045 (9.2) 51,623 (28.3) 20.1
Internal medicine 218,191 (8.9) 54,144 (29.7) 28.6
Dentistry 204,773 (8.4) 68,959 (37.8) 43.3
Pediatrics 160,639 (6.6) 29,402 (16.1) 13.4
Ophthalmology 134,866 (5.5) 51,285 (28.1) 5.8
Gynecology 111,689 (4.6) 27,075 (14.8) 10.2
Dermatology 90,930 (3.7) 33,180 (18.2) 1.6
General surgery 72,394 (3.0) 26,899 (14.7) 19.8
Orthopedics 64,171 (2.6) 21,930 (12.0) 5.8
Cardiology 39,795 (1.6) 8,065 (4.4) 2.3
Gastroenterology 36,960 (1.5) 11,547 (6.3) NA***
Neurology 35,052 (1.4) 8,526 (4.7) 2.8
Rehabilitation 31,981 (1.3) 7,953 (4.4) 2.6
Psychiatry 26,228 (1.1) 4,088 (2.2) 3.7
Urology 24,629 (1.0) 7,558 (4.1) 2.7
Infection 2,305 (0.1) 947 (0.5) NA***
Others 107,533 (4.4)   
  1. *General practice here included family medicine and the practice without any specialist title.
  2. **Included only the board-certified specialists of family medicine.
  3. ***NA: not available.