Here is what the statistics show:
Nearly 70% of organizations searched for a family medicine physician in 2013. The percentage of primary care positions that go unfilled every year “continues to be a problem,” says an Association of Staff Physician Recruiters executive.
A problem? You think? As I have blogged about before, you would assume that this problem would use normal economics of supply and demand and create new perks (higher pay) for family docs. You would be assuming wrong. In fact, the only change is the constant pressure for administrators to replace us.
The only answer for primary care to survive is to get off the grid. We should not be employed. We should unshackle ourselves from being paid by insurers or the government. Our only employer should be the patient.