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Burnt out primary care docs are voting with their feet

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, April 2, 2014

Physician stress has always been a fact of life. But anecdotal reports and studies suggest a significant increase in the level of discontent-especially among primary care doctors who serve at the frontlines of medicine and play a critical role in coordinating patient care. Just as millions of Americans are obtaining insurance coverage through the federal health law, doctors are voting with their feet. Tired of working longer and harder because of discounted insurance payments and frustrated by stagnating pay and increasing oversight, many are going to work for large groups or hospitals, curtailing their practices and in some cases, abandoning primary care or retiring early.