Monday, October 1, 2012

Physicians Foundation Survey Paints Glum Future

Doctors are working fewer hours, seeing fewer patients, and limiting access to their practices in light of significant changes to the medical practice environment. That’s according to a huge and comprehensive new survey of practicing physicians by The Physicians Foundation. Lou Goodman, president of The Physicians Foundation and executive vice president of the Texas Medical Association, says Texas physicians are even more pessimistic about the future than physicians from other states. Fifty-three percent of the Texans surveyed mostly agree that the medical profession is declining, compared with 41.6 percent nationally. A majority of doctors surveyed – 77.4 percent – are pessimistic about the future of the medical profession, and more than one-third say they would not choose the medical profession if they had their careers to do over. The reason for this dismal outlook? Physicians say it’s a combination of liability pressures, government regulations, reimbursement hassles, and paperwork, among other factors.

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