Physicians Inch Toward Boiling Point

With as many as 60% of physicians itching to quit, it's time to address the chief factors pushing them toward the exits—malpractice concerns in an oppressive business climate, and lack of forceful group representation.

3 comments on "Physicians Inch Toward Boiling Point"
Insight 101 (10/8/2012 at 3:49 PM)

Its not MP either. Look at costs in TX where tort reform occured in the early 00's. If tort reform solved the defensive medicine arguement we'd have lower costs but it's just not so. FFS medicine is the driver based on high cost of services coupled with lack of coordination of services, lack of MD communication, lack of meaningful data sharing by insurance plans, laziness in care delivery, patient compliance and/or patient noncompliance and poor the health behavior we exhibit as a nation.
Marit Brock (10/5/2012 at 11:09 AM)

I have to agree with the previous comment. These stories don't seem to change over time and physicians don't actually appear to be quitting in droves. I wonder what the burnout rates of Physician Practice Administrators would show. Cynical comments aside, I do think these issues are real and could/should be addressed in our healthcare system. However, I don't believe that we will make any meaningful progress if we continue to take the approach of "we have to fix this for the physicians". Instead, there has to be a way to get physicians engaged so that we can "fix this WITH the physicians."
Bram Barker (10/4/2012 at 3:14 PM)

Doctors have threatened to quit for forever. No one does because they have no other skills. These stories just get monotonous.


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