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Young Doctors Spend 13% More Than Older Physicians

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, November 8, 2012

As physician practices got smaller, "each step down in size showed an additional shift toward the Republican candidate," Stephen Smith, the CMO for MDLinx said in a statement.

Now with the Obama re-election, a greater number of older physicians in particular, may consider exercising their options, such as quitting. But it certainly is a time to pause and a time to begin healing a divided country, and a divided profession. 

It is time to get beyond the politics and into improved care and efficiencies of care, in spite of—if not because of—healthcare reform.

In that spirit, a Health Affairs  report released this week shows the importance of the attitudes of older physicians in providing cost-cutting care that, as healthcare reform evolves, the country certainly needs.

In a study of health plans and Medicare use, Ateev Mehrotra, MD, a RAND policy analyst, and his colleagues found that physicians with fewer than 10 years experience had 13.2% higher overall costs than physicians with 40 or more years of experience.

The study results "raise the possibility that more costly practice styles of newly trained physicians may be a driver of rising healthcare costs overall," Mehrotra, wrote. He is an associate professor of medicine, division of general internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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2 comments on "Young Doctors Spend 13% More Than Older Physicians"


Herb Ruhs, MD (11/8/2012 at 2:13 PM)
This article sets a new standard for stupidity. I am used to this site having no shame, but this one is a duzzy. I was a teacher in training programs for these new physicians. They have been trained to waste money. Older physicians are finding it more and more difficult to find work in part because they were not trained this way and threaten corporate plans and profits. The author really ought to consider a new line of work. Unless of course it is deliberately misleading to help distract people from the fact of corporate destruction of medicine in the US, in which case his employers are likely pleased.

tyber mayro (11/8/2012 at 2:13 PM)
Hilarious to hear the disgruntled physicians are ready to quit if Obama won. Quit and do what exactly? Sure they are unhappy about reimbursement, but current levels of payment are completely unsustainable no matter who was President. Did they notice that Romney himself didn't actually have a health plan to replace Obamacare with? Why? Even he knew there had to be giant cuts. The point of American healthcare is to get care to as many people as possible[INVALID]to be sustain physician salaries at all costs.