Walker acknowledges that some physicians could be speaking out of frustration and that they do not intend to leave practice. "But even if only a small percentage follow through on any of that it could be worrisome to the workforce," he says.
"We have 75 million Baby Boomers transitioning to Medicare starting last year over the next 12 or so years. We have a growing population. We have 32 million people who may be gaining health insurance and yet we have the same number of doctors. We have a bottle neck for training. We are training 25,000 or so doctors a year and the fact that we are finally building some new medical schools is not going to increase the doctor supply because the residency level is fixed at 25,000 or 26,000 positions."
The online survey was conducted from late March to early June by Merritt Hawkins with an overall margin of error of less than 1%. Phil Miller, vice president of communications at Merritt Hawkins, says physicians are caught amid crosscurrents in healthcare delivery and it's proven challenging to find incentives that work for everyone.