That's not a slap against younger physicians, many of whom still make significant sacrifices of time, resources and money to provide uncompensated care. We cannot expect physicians to work seven days a week and charge $5 for office visits. It is also unrealistic and unfair to expect that physicians will practice medicine until they're nearing the age of 90.
I was reminded of Dr. Dohner and the dizzying pace of change in the delivery of medicine in this country after writing this story—1 in 3 Physicians Plans to Quit Within 10 Years—about an online survey by healthcare staffing recruiters Jackson Healthcare which found that 34% of physicians say they plan to leave the practice of medicine over the next decade.
Sheri Sorrell, market research manager for Jackson Healthcare, says that many physicians are upset by the sweeping changes in medicine being brought on by healthcare reform and market demands.
"A lot of them are very concerned about the depersonalization and corporatization of medicine," Sorrell says. "It used to be [that] the family doctor treated your family for years, basing the decisions on what [was] best for you and your family. Whereas an employed doctor not only has to take into account not only what is best for you and your family, but also what the organization will allow him to do, and what the organization's guidelines for treating you are."