Finding Physicians for the VA Will Be No Easy Task

According to a recent survey by The Medicus Firm, a physicians staffing solutions firm, government employment is unsurprisingly physicians' least favorite practice setting.

Only 2 percent of the providers surveyed said that practicing in a military or government-employed practice appealed to them the most, according to an analysis of the Medicus Firm survey in Forbes. Forbes concludes hiring more doctors for the Department of Veterans Affairs is going to be extraordinarily difficult due to lack of interest by physicians.

"Due to the national physician shortage, combined with a lack of physicians willing to commit to VA employment on a permanent or long-term basis, many VA facilities are forced to rely on [temporary] physician staffing, which further breaks down communication, continuity of care, and systematic accountability," Jim Stone, president of The Medicus Firm, said in a statement to Forbes.

The survey, conducted in April and May of 2014, spread of 2,200 providers and 19 specialties.

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