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Monday, October 1, 2012


Physicians are working fewer hours, seeing fewer patients, and limiting access to their practices in light of significant changes to the medical practice environment. That’s according to a huge and comprehensive new survey of practicing physicians by The Physicians Foundation. As president of the foundation, I spend a good bit of time sharing the findings — and their implications — with national and regional news media. As dire as the national data look, Texas physicians are even more pessimistic about the future. Fifty-three percent of the Texans mostly agree that the medical profession is declining, compared with 41.6 percent nationally. Whether it’s advocacy or practice management education, organized medicine in the U.S. needs to step it up to help our members.

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