Perhaps the doctors who told the Jackson survey they wanted to quit were acting out of anger, frustration, and fear about the pace of change in healthcare and how it will impact the profession they love. Their concerns are understandable. Everyone fears change, especially when we perceive we have little control over it.
Similar concerns and anxieties have been raised by millions of displaced workers in the United States, most of whom don't have anywhere near the job prospects of physicians. Of course, most of these displaced workers can't afford to contemplate retirement either.
It will be interesting to see how many of these physicians who now say they want out of the profession actually make good on their vow.