It’s not the best time to be a physician…
Here are some of the bracing findings from 11,950 primary care docs and specialists who responded to the survey:
94% said the time they’ve devote to non-clinical paperwork in the past three years has increased. 63% said the paperwork has meant they spend less time per patient.
82% said their practices would be “unsustainable” if proposed Medicare pay cuts were made.
…49% said that over the next three years they plan to reduce the number of patients they see or stop practicing entirely.
60% would not recommend medicine as a career to young people.
42% said professional morale is either “poor” or “very low.”
17% rated the financial position of their practices as “healthy and profitable.”
6% described morale of their colleagues as “positive.”
…More Physician Angst: The Boston Globe reports today that 83% of docs in Massachusetts said they’ve practiced “defensive medicine” and that some 18-28% of tests, procedures, referrals and consultations and 13% of hospitalizations were ordered to avoid lawsuits.
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