What Will Stop the Physician Exodus?

The 2016 Survey of America’s Physicians Practice Patterns & Perspectives, a biennial survey commissioned by The Physicians Foundation and conducted by Merritt Hawkins, looked at 17,236 physicians responses and found that:

  • Almost half (47.8%) of physicians surveyed are considering a change in how they practice medicine within the next 1-3 years, including cutting back on hours, retiring, switching to cash/concierge practice, working locum tenens, seeking a nonclinical health care job, seeking employment, or working part time.
  • Only 14% [of respondents] said that they have all the time that they need to provide the highest standards of care; 86% said that their time was either always limited, often limited, or sometimes limited,

Things do need to change.  I offer up Direct Primary Care, if this is in your specialty.  Email me if you need more information.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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5 Responses

  1. Aaron M Levine says:

    I am nearing retirement anyway. I will need to find a Medicare Provider. I was at a meeting with representatives of the state Medical Board. The representatives said that DPC will be considered illegal and reason for the State to fine the doctor. I have not heard of this since.

  2. Steve O' says:

    The “Direct Primary Care drop in the bucket” WAS “the bucket!” That’s the way medicine worked for decades before they shot a hole in the bucket. You saw patients in hospital, and in clinic. Nowadays, I have patients who were discharged from the hospital and died at home before they could follow up as an outpatient. (Hey, no re-admission penalty!)
    I fear that the “Post-Obamacare Medicine” will just be intellectually driven by a network of corporations, Government experts and University toffs, just as it is now, but with a big ol’ “MADE IN THE USA” sticker. As we hire FMG’s from East Indonesia State. There will be:
    1) DPC.
    2) Nothing.

  3. Steve says:

    It will not stop and Direct Primary Care will only be a drop in the bucket.

    Instead, your doctor will be an “Advanced Practice Provider” or “Physician Extender” who has seen far less Pathology and had less training.

    Seeing a Physician in the office or hospital will be as antiquated as having one doctor who used to see you both in the hospital and in the office (remember them?).

    Is everyone okay with that?

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