Survey: U.S. Physicians Struggle with Morale, Payment Models, Patient Access to Care

From the Iowa Medical Society:

U.S. physicians continue to struggle to maintain morale levels, adapt to changing delivery and payment models, and provide patients with reasonable access to care. The combination of these factors leaves a majority of physicians feeling they lack time to provide the highest level of care. These findings are based on a biennial survey of more than 17,000 U.S. physicians commissioned by the Physicians Foundation.

According to the research, titled “2016 Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives,” 80 percent of physicians report being overextended or at capacity, with no time to see additional patients. This remains steady with the findings reported in the 2014 survey from the Foundation. Not surprisingly, 54 percent of physicians surveyed rate their morale as somewhat or very negative, with 49 percent saying they are either often or always feeling burnt out.

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