1 in 3 Physicians Plans to Quit Within 10 Years

John Commins, July 27, 2012

Blaming low compensation and the hassles of healthcare reform, 34% of physicians say they plan to leave the practice of medicine over the next decade, according to a new national survey.

The online survey of 2,218 physicians by Atlanta-based healthcare staffing recruiters Jackson Healthcare also found that 16% of the respondents said they will, or are strongly considering , retiring, leaving medicine, or going part-time in 2012.

Sheri Sorrell, market research manager for Jackson Healthcare, says many of the essay responses from responding physicians were quite lengthy and emotional, especially as they related their reactions to the sweeping changes in medicine that will be brought on by healthcare reform and market demands.

"Some doctors wrote books for us in here. A lot of them are very concerned about the depersonalization and corporatization of medicine," Sorrell says. "It used to be the family doctor treated your family for years basing the decisions on what is best for you and your family. Whereas an employed doctor not only has to take into account not only what is best for you and your family but also what the organization will allow him to do and what the organization's guidelines for treating you are."

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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