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1 in 3 Physicians Plans to Quit Within 10 Years

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2012

Sorrell says Jackson Healthcare will continue to survey physicians to see if they make good on their threats to leave, or if they're just angry about the overall state of healthcare delivery and compensation. "It will be interesting to see in the coming years how this bears out; if really the folks who are strongly considering leaving really did," she says.

The survey also found that specialists were more inclined to leave medicine in the next decade, including:

 

  • Oncologists and hematologists — 57% said they would retire by 2022
  • Otolaryngologists — 49% said they would retire in the next decade
  • General Surgeons — 49% said they would retire by 2022
  • Cardiologists — 45% said they would retire in the next decade
  • Urologists — 42% said they would retire by 2022

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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28 comments on "1 in 3 Physicians Plans to Quit Within 10 Years"


Chris (3/7/2013 at 11:49 AM)
to Mike 21 : Mike, can I ask you how much school and training have you completed to get a job at the health care company ? How much have you studied and paid in tuition fees, compared to a doctor ? How exactly would your company increase profits, so that you can get a raise ? The only way for a health company to increase profits is by cutting reimbursement to doctors and limiting coverage to patients. Am I wrong ?

Elissa G (8/22/2012 at 1:16 AM)
We also can see patient burnout when patients are spending hours waiting to see a referred doctor and getting an intern. Then getting referrals to specialists, then referred for physical therapy where you are in a factory learning to pull a rubberband and squat twice and repeat. Getting better can be frustrating for clients who have multiple medical issues and limited financial means and ambulatory difficulty. Multiple requests for repeated mri's and more tests that patients don't even understand and then we have the medications. The long list of pills that have side effects and then more tests. When do the physicians have the time to coordinate treatment call the specialists and read reports? Getting to treat the whole person is what doctors go into medicine for and what about the psychosocial component. Do they have the time to assess the stressors the fear of having a chronic illness? painkillers are like tic tacs these days and sometimes the moments that a healer can give to explain all options and patients choices are good medicine as well as a smile and a calm bedside manner and common sense. How about the clients who have side effects from antidepressants that trigger tardive dyskinesia who then go for Parkinson's disease treatment. The patients who take fibromyalgia meds or antipsychotics and then gain weight and swell ger referred for breast reduction or gastric bypass surgery? Physicians that are not concierge physicians have a hard time and managing symptoms and complete assessments need time. I salute the physician who cares and can maintain balance in their lives and continue to provide well rounded care and follow up to sick people who can be really difficult due to fear and pain.

Mike21 (8/6/2012 at 4:11 PM)
Where are these physicians going to work? The USA has the highest paid physicians in the world. There are only so many positions in research or working for a health plan. So if they are going to retire early, then they must be paid enough! I work for a healthcare company and we have not had a raise in three years. They should quit complaining and do what the rest of us do. Be happy you have a fulfilling job!!