When the Atlanta-based healthcare staffing recruiter Jackson Healthcare recently took an online survey of physicians, it was pretty surprised and dismayed that 34% of physicians reported plans to leave the practice of medicine over the next decade.
"What one doctor told me really struck me," Sheri Sorrell, market research manager for Jackson Healthcare, told HealthLeaders Media. The unnamed physician said he was in a grocery store with his wife and had an epiphany after they discussed "how my office worked, what I charged, and what my accounts receivable meant, and it was really nothing. Really," he wrote to Jackson Healthcare. "The insurance companies and the government decide how much I got for my services."
"Why was more of my life in a career that is becoming more and more restricted, more controlled by managers, clerks and accountants, more demanding, less fulfilling, less respected, and less financially rewarding daily?" the physician asked.
After two months, the doctor quit, according to Sorrell.