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.