In the 8th rendition of the Physicians Practice survey, 826 physicians were polled and revealed their attitudes towards their personal and professional lives. Overall, physicians say government regulations and third-party interference continues to be the largest barrier to good healthcare for patients. More than 40% of respondents said this was the case, up from 37.4% in last year's survey.
Fewer physicians are saying they would go back and do everything in their career the first time. This year, 45.50% of respondents said this was the case, while last year it was 49.1%. More physicians are saying they would choose a career outside of healthcare (17.34 % in 2017, 10.6 % in 2016).
For the survey, Physicians Practice polled a wide array of physicians across multiple specialties, representing every area of the U.S., and every practice size. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being strongly agree and 1 being strongly disagree, most physicians like being a physician (4.26), are happy with their choice of specialty (4.11), but a smaller amount would recommend the physician career path to a young person (2.78).
Here are a few other highlights of the 8th annual Physicians Practice Great American Physician Survey:
• 63.53% of physicians say they would be willing to go part-time and 57.09% say they wish they worked fewer hours. Check out this article on PhysiciansPractice.com about becoming a part-time physician.
• As of today, I'd give the Trump Administration the following grade regarding healthcare: 40.4% said F; 20.53% said D; 18.4% said B; 11.6% said D; and 9.07% said A.
• In terms of the health policy issues that physicians care about: 73.11% say they want protections for patients with pre-existing conditions; 65.83% want regulations for the cost of medications; and 50.99% want increased competition among health insurers.
For more results to the Great American Physician Survey, stay tuned for our full report — coming later this month.
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