The Physicians Foundation and Merritt Hawkins (a physician recruiting firm) have just published their biennial physicians’ survey. The survey interviews over twenty thousand physicians in all fifty states and multiple specialties:
- Only 19 percent say they have time to see more patients.
- 44 percent plan to take steps to reduce services or find non-clinical employment.
- Only 35 percent describe themselves as “independent practice owners,” down from 62 percent in 2008.
- 53 percent describe themselves as hospital or medical-group employees, up from 38 percent in 2008.
- 24 percent do not see Medicare patients or limit the number of Medicare patients they see.
- 46 percent gave Obamacare a D or F, while 25 percent gave it an A or B.
Any “good news” or “not awful”?
- 29 percent would not chose medicine if they had their careers to do over, a decrease from 2012.
- 44 percent describe their moral and feelings about the profession as positive, up from 32 percent in 2012.
- 50 percent would recommend medicine as a career to their children, up from 40 percent in 2008.
Who knows? Maybe these physicians are ignoring the chattering classes and believe that Obamacare might be repealed.