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Home / News & IndustryManaged Care Insight and Analysis
Updated: March 24, 2009
Survey Finds Numerous Problems Facing Primary Care Doctors

A report from The Physicians’ Foundation said nearly half of all the nation’s primary care physicians plan to stop practicing or reduce the number of patients they see.

The survey released by the organization depicts widespread frustration and concern among primary care physicians nationwide, which could lead to a dramatic decrease in practicing doctors in the near future.

The survey examined the causes behind the doctors’ dissatisfaction, the state of their practices and the future of care. The resulting findings show the possibility of significantly decreased access for Americans in the years ahead, as many doctors are forced to reduce the number of patients they see or quit the practice of medicine outright.

An overwhelming majority – 78 percent – of physicians believe that there is an existing shortage of primary care doctors in the United States today.

Additionally, nearly half of them – 49 percent, or more than 150,000 practicing doctors – said that over the next three years they plan to reduce the number of patients they see or stop practicing entirely.

The Physicians’ Foundation believes the future of primary care could have a significant impact on the American healthcare debate.

The reported reasons for the widespread frustration among physicians include increased time dealing with non-clinical paperwork, difficulty receiving reimbursement and burdensomegovernment regulations. Physicians said these issues keep them from the most satisfying aspect of their job: patient relationships.

Address: The Physicians’ Foundation, 77 Summer St., 8th Fl., Boston, MA 02110; (617) 399-0417, www.physiciansfoundation.org.


  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Physician Organizations

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