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Docs Air Reasons for Job Dissatisfaction

Lena J. Weiner, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2014

A medical staffing firm survey shows what's really behind job dissatisfaction among physicians: stress, declining reimbursements, and loss of autonomy.

Six out of ten physicians said they would quit if they could, a survey commissioned by the Physicians Foundation in 2012 revealed. Recently, healthcare staffing firm Jackson Healthcare, released the results of its third national survey of career satisfaction among physicians.

It sheds some light on the reasons why doctors are so dissatisfied:

1.High Stress
While no one in healthcare has an easy job, some roles are more stressful than others. For example, dissatisfied physicians are more likely than satisfied physicians to work in high-stress emergency medicine or critical care positions. Thirty-one percent of dissatisfied respondents in the JH survey said they regularly see patients in the emergency department.

Another source of stress is understaffing. More than a quarter of dissatisfied doctors surveyed said they don't work with nurse practitioners or physician assistants, an indication they are overworked.

2. Dissatisfaction with the PPACA
While satisfied physicians are more likely to say they've acquired new patients as a result of the PPACA or to have had no shifts in their patient panels, almost a third of dissatisfied physicians say their business has suffered due to patients losing insurance coverage.

Sixty eight percent of those that are unhappy in their jobs say their income has fallen in the last year, which is almost twice the number of content physicians who say the same.

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