Physicians Harbor Outrage, Survey Shows

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media , December 2, 2010

Instead, the survey and report predicts that physicians will become employees, part-time workers, and administrators, operate cash-only. The remaining 74% said they would retire, work part-time, close their practices to new patients, become employed and/or seek non-clinical jobs as John Commins reported Nov. 22 in HealthLeaders Media.

The importance of the survey /report was reflected in a simple fact: "We just want to get our viewpoint across," Ray says of physicians.

It hasn't been?

Physicians don't think so, not before and during healthcare reform debate, at least, Ray says. The Physicians Foundation report noted that in its survey "physicians approached unanimity in believing their viewpoint was not conveyed to policymakers during the preamble to the health reform debate.

Years before Congress was considering healthcare reform, and he was helping with the report for the Physician Foundation, Ray was seeing the proverbial handwriting on the wall for his own medical career.  It gives him a broader understanding of the responses to the Physician Foundation report.

Ray, who is based outside of Atlanta, GA had been in solo pediatric practice for 25 years and 13 years in a group practice prior to that.  Three years ago, at age 67, still in good shape, playing tennis several times a week, he maintained that he loved working with patients.

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