While physicians remain happy about their choice of a medical career, that doesn’t mean they are content to be controlled by government mandates and declining reimbursements.
In its annual Great American Physician Survey, sponsored by Kareo, Physicians Practice polled physicians nationwide on their medical careers, their personal lives, and the politics affecting both work and home. In this year’s survey, 1,311 physicians responded that they remain happy being a physician — 26 percent rated their happiness as an “8” on a scale of 1 to 10 — but also indicated a growing dissatisfaction with fee-for-service medicine.
Of the 1,311 respondents, 35 percent indicated they either work at or would consider switching to a “concierge” practice, and charging patients a membership fee for services. Fifty-three percent of physicians indicated they would consider or are already working in a direct-pay practice that does not accept insurance at all. Both questions [Read more…]