Physicians are the critical human element in the health care delivery system. A recent survey of about 3500 doctors from Jackson Healthcare covers various physician trends and attitudes. (Jackson Survey) In general, 36% of doctors reported a negative outlook on practicing medicine, while only 16% had a favorable outlook. An astounding 59% said the would not recommend medicine to a young person looking for a career. Younger doctors and those in primary care had greater dissatisfaction. More physicians are employed by hospitals, 26% in 2013, up from 20% in 2012 and the decline is in physicians in solo practice. Many younger physicians have never been in private practice and most doctors avoid private practice because of administrative hassles and reimbursement concerns. A heavy workload and lack of support staff are significant contributors to dissatisfaction as well. Fifty-eight percent of doctors report working 10 or more hours a day. Somewhat surprisingly, more doctors this year than last reported taking new Medicare patients. Around six percent of doctors don’t take private insurance, many of those are in concierge practices. Around 25% of physicians are involved in an ACO. The biggest concern should be that an increasing number of physicians express a desire to retire early or leave the field of practicing medicine. Reform, economic costs and burn-out are the major reasons cited for wanting to leave the profession.
✅ Subscribe via Email
About this Blog
The Healthy Skeptic is a website about the health care system, and is written by Kevin Roche, who has many years of experience working in the health industry. Mr. Roche is available to assist health care companies through consulting arrangements through Roche Consulting, LLC and may be reached at [email protected].
Healthy Skeptic Podcast
This is an outstanding report on total global drug spending and trends, with projections out to 2025. It helps you understand this important area of health care, which does much...
June 1, 2021
MedPAC 2019 Report to Congress
June 18, 2019
What do you get when you combine a company with a commodity business model, that out of desperation massively overpays for another company that has a commodity business model? $10...
July 27, 2022
The “stupid” model for health care venture capital investing is alive and well. Everside health, which operates primary care clinics and has grown by acquiring other failing health care businesses,...
July 26, 2022
Apparently not even a cute name can save you if you have a stupid business. I constantly bemoan the mis-application of capital and health care is Exhibit A. Olive, another...
July 26, 2022
Access ACO Care Management Chronic Disease Comparative Effectiveness Consumer Directed Health Consumers Devices Disease Management Drugs EHRs Elder Care End-of-Life Care FDA Financings Genomics Government Health Care Costs Health Care Quality Health Care Reform Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchange HIT HomeCare Hospital Hospital Readmissions Legislation M&A Malpractice Meaningful Use Medicaid Medical Care Medicare Medicare Advantage Mobile Pay For Performance Pharmaceutical Physicians Providers Regulation Repealing Reform Telehealth Telemedicine Wellness and Prevention Workplace