Instead, the survey and report predicts that physicians will become employees, part-time workers, and administrators. The remaining 74% said they would retire, work part-time, close their practices to new patients, become employed, and/or seek nonclinical jobs.
The importance of the report was reflected in a simple fact: "We just want to get our viewpoint across," Ray says. Physicians need to be heard not only to discuss the issues, but also to influence others to be doctors, and for physicians to stay on in their profession.
"By golly, I want people to be motivated to go into the medical profession," Ray says. "I'm 70 years old and I'll be needing a doctor myself."
Reported by Joe Cantlupe on December 2.
10% of family docs mull shuttering over Medicare cuts
More than one in 10 family physicians may close their offices if Medicare slashes payments [this] year, according to an online survey of American Academy of Family Physicians members who have an ownership stake in their medical practices.
The survey asked family physicians in September 2010 about the impact of a pending 23% Medicare pay cut that was scheduled to take effect December 1, but which was subsequently delayed by Congress. Nearly 13% of the survey's 516 responding physicians said they would consider no longer seeing patients if Congress failed to override the mandatory pay cuts.