1 in 2 Physicians Demoralized, Dissatisfied
Two-thirds (66%) do not believe hospital employment will enhance quality of care or decrease costs. Even 50% of physicians who are themselves employed by hospitals, do not see hospital employment as a positive trend.
Though the great majority of physicians have adopted electronic health records, only 25% said EHR has improved efficiency in their practices while 54% said EHR has detracted from efficiency.
"Clearly, more physician participation in and acceptance of the key levers of healthcare reform will be needed for a true transformation of the healthcare system from volume to value," Ray said.
Additional survey findings include:
- 80% of physicians are overextended or are at capacity, with no time to see additional patients
- 48% of physicians said their time with patients is always or often limited
- Employed physicians see 19% fewer patients than practice owners
- 46.8% of physicians plan to accelerate their retirement plans
- 20% of physicians practice in groups of 101 doctors or more, up from 12% in 2012
- Only 17% of physicians are in solo practice, down from 25% in 2012
- 27% of physicians do not see Medicare patients, or limit the number they see
- 36% of physicians do not see Medicaid patients, or limit the number they see
- Only 6% of physicians said ICD-10 has increased efficiency in their practices
The survey was conducted by the physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins.