Study: Employed physicians see 19% fewer patients than practice owners

From Becker’s:

The movement among physicians to seek employment is driven by the thought it will be a shelter from the onslaught of coming regulations, reimbursement changes and administrative burdens — protecting valuable time spent with patients.

The reason physicians may not be enthusiastic about employment is it seemingly has not improved patient access, the survey indicates. In fact, survey results show employed physicians see 19 percent fewer patients than practice owners. This likely contributes in part to elevated levels of burnout, as 73.8 percent of respondents said patient relationships are their primary source of professional satisfaction.


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