Survey Shows Growing Desire to Quit Practicing MedicineOctober 4th, 2012 1 Min read Blog
An alarming statistic was recently reported in an article published by HealthLeaders Media. A nationwide survey of 13,000 physicians reveals that the majority (6 out of 10!) would quit practicing medicine if they could. The article also notes that many physicians are unwillingly moving from private practice to employment in pursuit of security and bureaucratic relief. With the pending influx of insured patients into the healthcare system and more physicians exiting the workforce than entering, it is imperative to address physician job satisfaction and provide alternatives to traditional employment or private practice work to keep more physicians in the workforce seeing patients. Locum tenens is one alternative that gives physicians flexibility, autonomy and freedom from many hassles like running a business, maximizing reimbursements and worrying about malpractice. Locum tenens is a way to keep great physicians practicing medicine longer. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 locum tenens physicians, we found that 95 percent are not only satisfied working locum tenens, but 95 percent would also refer it to a colleague. It's a great way for physicians to avoid burnout and monotony, manage personal life transitions and add much-needed flexibility to a hectic profession.