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Physicians Harbor Labor Day Blues

Physicians of all ages find themselves caught between healthcare reform mandates and a weak economy.  Against this grim economic landscape, many are going into the Labor Day holiday with little to cheer about, knowing that their retirement plans are indefinitely on hold.

3 comments on "Physicians Harbor Labor Day Blues"
Keith Jennings (9/2/2011 at 6:00 PM)

Enjoyed reading your report on this research, Joe. Thank you for sharing this.
A. J. Rosmarin (9/1/2011 at 10:35 PM)

Emotional integration for the sake of "just doing something" is never a good reason to sell one's practice. With one-third of practicing physicians aged 55 and over - over 250,000 physicians - this is a subject of increasing frequency and concern amongst physicians all over the country looking for an exit strategy and a way to monetize the goodwill in their practices from, in many cases, over 25 years of business and dedication to their patients.
Philippa Kennealy MD MPH CPCC PCC (9/1/2011 at 3:19 PM)

As a physician advocate, I have found many of my recent conversations with physicians to be quite depressing for the very reasons you have elucidated. Physicians, more than ever, are feeling like cogs in a machine, subject to pressure from government and state mandates, threats of audits, patient impatience, bottom-line thinking and other such trials. While I recognize that there are realities in life and business for everyone to deal with, and I have little tolerance for unwarranted whining, I fear that physician anger and despair may lead to a backlash that we as a society will ultimately find threatening to the health of our social fabric.