The administrative burden of being a physician continues to fuel discontent among doctors. More than a third report having a negative outlook for the profession, and the majority would not recommend it as a career choice.
Nearly 60% of physicians wouldn't recommend the profession to young people, a survey shows.
The various sources of the doctors' discontent include decreased autonomy, lower reimbursements, administrative and regulatory hassles, corporate medicine, litigation fears, and longer work hours, much of which has meant that they're spending too much time away from patients.
Looking ahead, 36% of the 3,456 physicians who responded to a survey conducted this spring by Atlanta-based physician staffers Jackson & Coker reported a negative outlook for the profession, while 16% were favorable and 48% cautious.
"What we have begun to find is that pretty much across the board the physicians are becoming a little disenchanted with the business of medicine," says Edward McEachern, vice president of marketing Jackson & Coker.
"Not the practice of medicine, but the business of medicine, because of this overwhelming administrative burden that is very difficult for them to work through and still practice good patient care medicine. It's to the point where we ask 'would you be willing to recommend the medical career as a position to the younger generation' and for the first time we've really begun seeing them not recommend it."