The Physicians’ Foundation recently conducted a survey of 150,000 doctors nationwide, and 49 percent of the 12,000 respondents reported that they were considering leaving medicine because of “too much red tape generated from insurance companies and government agencies.”
Last week’s American Medical Association annual meeting predicted a shortage of 35,000-40,000 of primary care physicians by 2025. According to a survey published in the September issue of the Journal of the Medical Association, only 2 percent of med school students plan to practice family medicine.
PRN Funding has written before about using temporary nurses to help fill the gaps when it comes to the nurse shortage. Perhaps this physician shortage is an opportunity for locum tenens to seize. What do you think?
This post referenced an article on CNN.com. Click here if you want to read the entire article: Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine.