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Registered Health Professionals. Year 2021

The number of registered doctors increased by 2.8 % and of registered nurses by 1.8% in 2021. The rate of registered doctors stood at 5.99 per 1,000 inhabitants and that of nurses at 6.98.

Health professionals - Year 2021
Indicator Note Value Annual change
Registered doctors 283,811 2.8
Registered doctors per 1000 inhabitants 1 6.0 0.2
Registered nurses 330,745 1.8
Registered nurses per 1000 inhabitants 1 7.0 0.1
  • Annual variation: difference as compared to the previous year
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Year 2021 Published: 22/06/2022
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The Registered Health Professionals Statistic has been developed by the INE since 1952. Each year it provides information to ascertain the number of health professionals in a registered situation in Spain, according to the different health profession Councils and Associations.

Data is currently collected from doctors, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, psychologists (with the field of healthcare), physicists (with the field of healthcare), chemists (with the field of healthcare), qualified nurses, physiotherapists, chiropodists, opticians and optometrists, nutritional dietitians, speech therapists, occupational therapists, dental technicians and biologists (with the field of healthcare) and dental technicians and biologists (with a healthcare speciality). Within the group of qualified nurses, those that are from the specialisation of Obstetricians - Gynaecology (Midwifery) are also provided.