Physicians Rethink Traditional Practice, Consider Hospital Employment in Increasing Numbers

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Only 26 percent of physicians plan to continue practicing as they have been for the next three years, and many are considering moves to other types of work or retirement, according to a 2010 Physicians Foundation survey.

The survey, completed by 2,379 family physicians, internists, pediatricians, ob/gyns, cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists, general surgeons and hospitals this summer, found that 14 percent of respondents planned to switch to locum tenens work in the next three years. Eleven percent planned to take hospital jobs, 15 percent planned to switch to concierge medicine and 16 percent planned to retire.

When the same survey was taken in 2008, over half of responding physicians said they planned to practice medicine in the same way as they had been for the next three years.

Read the American Medical News report on the 2010 Physicians Foundation survey.

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