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Majority of Physicians Unwilling to Recommend Medical Profession

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By BILL FLEMING

Seven out of 10 physicians are unwilling to recommend their chosen profession to their children or other family members, according to the nationwide Future of Healthcare Survey of over 3,400 physicians released by The Doctors Company.

By comparison, Florida physicians' responses fell slightly above the national average at eight out of 10 unwilling to recommend their chosen profession to their children or other family members.

The survey further showed that over half of physicians nationwide say they are contemplating retirement within the next five years, including a third of those under the age of 50.

The survey collected 2,291 written responses voicing physicians' frustration at how electronic health records (EHRs) and value-based care and reimbursement (pay for performance) are compromising the traditional doctor-patient relationship, indicating their advocacy for preserving this relationship and providing high-quality care.

Key findings of the survey included:

  • 54 percent of physicians believe EHRs have had a negative impact on the physician-patient relationship.
  • Half of physicians believe value-based care and reimbursement will have a negative impact on overall patient care.
  • 61 percent of physicians believe EHRs are having a negative impact on their workflow, with many suggesting that EHR requirements are a major cause of burnout.
  • 62 percent of physicians say they don't plan to change practice models, perhaps indicating that the pace of practice change seen in recent years may have run its course.

Watch the video on the Future of Healthcare Survey.

The survey was conducted in partnership with Modern Healthcare Custom Media.

Bill Fleming is the COO of The Doctors Company, that takes the mal out of malpractice insurance by helping hospitals and practices of all sizes manage the complexities of today's healthcare environment--with expert guidance, resources, and coverage. Visit www.thedoctors.com



 
 
 
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