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Monday, November 24, 2008

SURVEY REVEALS PESSIMISM, HARD TIMES

Survey results released by the Physicians’ Foundation depict widespread frustration and concern among primary care physicians nationwide, which could lead to a dramatic decrease in practicing doctors in the near future. Nearly half of those surveyed say that over the next three years they plan to reduce the number of patients they see or stop practicing entirely. The reported reasons for the widespread frustration include increased time dealing with nonclinical paperwork, difficulty receiving reimbursement, and burdensome government regulations. Nearly 12,000 physicians across the country responded to the survey. The Physicians’ Foundation was formed as part of the settlement of state medical societies’ national class-action lawsuit against some of the country’s largest health plans. As foundation president, I hope to use these results to develop policies and programs that can help save private practice and keep physicians in practice.

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