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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MY LATEST ON FORBES.COM: PHYSICIAN MORALE STILL LOW, BUT IMPROVING

The newly released Physicians Foundation survey of American physicians shows some bad news — but not as bad as our 2012 survey revealed, I explain in my latest post on Forbes.com. The survey of 20,000 U.S. physicians reports that 56 percent describe their morale as negative. But optimism has increased by more than 12 percentage points — especially among younger, employed physicians — since 2012. “Health care has become over-regulated, overly bureaucratic and overly administered by non-physicians,” Physicians Foundation CEO Tim Norbeck and I wrote. “This has created an increasingly dispirited cadre of physicians being forced to implement ill-conceived rules and regulations that do not benefit the patient and unnecessarily increase the cost of care.”

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