Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The American Physician’s Declining Morale

Physicians today are becoming increasingly unhappy with their profession, explains an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. New York cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar, MD, writes that increasing red tape and bureaucracy is getting between doctor and patient, and it’s hurting both parties.

When surveyed, most physicians say they did not go to medical school for the money. They certainly didn’t go to spend their days as a physician filling out endless paperwork. Instead, physicians entered medical school to help save lives and alleviate suffering. It’s not a job, it’s a calling. But more and more doctors report they feel medicine has become “just another profession.” If they could do it all over again, 30-40 percent of physicians today say they would not choose medicine.

Dr. Jauhar writes:
Perhaps the most serious downside, however, is that unhappy doctors make for unhappy patients. Patients today are increasingly disenchanted with a medical system that is often indifferent to their needs. People used to talk about “my doctor.” Now, in a given year, Medicare patients see on average two different primary care physicians and five specialists working in four separate practices. For many of us, it is rare to find a primary physician who can remember us from visit to visit, let alone come to know us in depth or with any meaning or relevancy.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

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