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6 in 10 Physicians Would Quit Today



Downbeat survey results show widespread discontent among doctors, who are are choosing to work less and see fewer patients. If the trend continues, it is expected to amount to 44,250 full-time equivalents lost from the physician workforce over the next four years.



5 comments on "6 in 10 Physicians Would Quit Today"
MargieR (9/29/2012 at 7:25 PM)

My mother quit her practice when she was sued for "malpractice" by a woman who had never been to her office. (the woman's sister's kids were patients of my mother.) She thought she could get a fortune in "damages and claim that the file had been lost. My mother was able to show that the woman had never been there, nor had her kids, but the lawyers went through every one of mom's patient files, looking for something someone could sue her for so that they could collect the big bucks for themselves. No errors were found (Did I mention my mother was obsessive compulsive about her patient records in order to have complete records available to her each time a patient came in.) As soon as the lawyers left, she closed up shop and retired, literally the next day. She took every one of her patient files with her, just in case someone tried the same trick again, all her files would be available. My daughter's pediatrician also retired because he was sick and tired of all the lawsuit threats. Doctors don't quit as much from burnout as from harassment from the legal community. (Ambulance chasers).
Kidydr (9/29/2012 at 7:24 PM)

This article nails the problem with medicine today. The government wants us to provide "medical homes" now where we are expected to do even more for less. As for the gentleman's comment that we don't want to leave because we don't know how to do anything else, the same could be said for any profession, not just medicine. It is IMPOSSIBLE for us to increase our volume without sacrificing quality at some point in time. We train for a minimum of 7 years, after college and accrue $100K plus in debt. We expect fair compensation for that effort. Anyone who says we make too much should go to medical school and see how they feel about compensation afterwards. The fact is that most of us care deeply for our patients and what we do for a living but insurance companies and the government rely upon our good nature and dump on us in the process with substandard reimbursement. Shame on you.
martydiamond1@me.com (9/28/2012 at 2:16 PM)

The findings are significant as they point to increasing dissatisfaction with systems development versus the independent practice option. The latter is rapidly diminishing and will go the way of the buggy whip within ten years. The reimbursement switch is being flipped to quality not piece work. Technology will aid in the measurement of quality and become the basis for meaningful incentives related to evidence-based practice. The next ten years promises to be a period of "adjustment" for clinicians and systems until they learn the benefits of collaborating in order to improve patient outcomes in a patient-centered environment. It took seventy five years to get meaningful health reform, now it will take about twenty five to realize improvements in care. Those motivated to practice medicine will continue to apply in increasing numbers. Marty Diamond
Allen Wenner (9/26/2012 at 12:05 PM)

The physician shortage is NOT going to be solved. The problems will only get worse: the government spends more to regulation and will increase enforcement with ZPICs and RACs; Tort reform efforts are pointless because they do not effect real change; the efficiency of small medical practices can not be replicated by large organizations; mid-level providers do not replace doctors and it takes 10 years to train a physician; all the self-interests (hospitals, Pharma, health insurers, and liability carriers) are happy with the status quo. So, deep change is coming to healthcare like other industries via information technology: http://roates.soapware.com/
Tyco Brage (9/26/2012 at 12:01 PM)

These kinds of physician survey results happen all the time. I recall, even 15 years ago, physicians claiming they are discontented and want to leave. The truth is physicians don't know how to do anything else so they stay. There is also no shortage of people going into medical school, so no problem for the near future. These surveys mean nothing.