Physicians Foundation survey flags multiple concerns 

The Physicians Foundation has released the results of its sixth biennial survey, which was completed by nearly 9,000 U.S. physicians that “underscores the overall impact of excessive regulatory/insurer requirements, loss of clinical autonomy and challenges with EHR design/interoperability, and overall dissatisfaction – all of which have led to professional burnout.”

The survey found that…

– 78 percent of physicians have experienced burnout

– More than 50 percent of physicians don’t believe value-based compensation improves the health care system

– More than 18 percent of physicians now practice some form of telemedicine

– Just 31 percent of physicians are in private practice, down from 48 percent in 2014

– 80 percent of physicians are at full capacity or overextended

– 40 percent of physicians plan to either retire or cut back on the hours they work in the next one to three years – which is up from 36 percent in 2016

– 46 percent of physicians plan to change career paths

– 69 percent of physicians are prescribing fewer pain medications

More than 250 physicians from Georgia completed the survey, which was administered by Merritt Hawkins. 

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The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It focuses on physician leadership, physician practice trends, physician shortage issues, and the impact of health care reform on physicians and patients. The Foundation’s activities including grant-making, research, white papers and policy studies. The Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in grants since 2005. Go to www.PhysiciansFoundation.org for additional information.