The Physicians Foundation, based in Boston, released the results of a survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins, a national physician search and consulting firm, which indicates growing dissatisfaction among doctors as they struggled with less time for patient care and increased time dealing with non-clinical paperwork, difficulty receiving reimbursement and burdensome government regulations.
According to the survey, healthcare reform could intensify existing problems for doctors and worsen the shortage of primary care doctors, making it more difficult for patients to access quality care.
- 40 percent of physicians said they would drop out of patient care in the next one to three years, either by retiring, seeking a non-clinical job within healthcare or seeking a job out of healthcare.
I know that many current physicians are actively exploring non-clinical career opportunities as they anticipate major changes in reimbursement and patient volume. Others are cautiously optimistic that reform changes will occur slowly and systematically to account for all the stakeholders affected by the health care industry. Let's see what happens in 2011.