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FORECASTS: Physician opinion survey about future trends

The majority of physicians (nearly 70 percent) are satisfied with practicing medicine, according to the 613 physicians who responded to this Deloitte opinion survey of a representative sample of doctors.  Specialists were found to be more likely to be satisfied than primary care physicians; and, younger doctors were more likely to be satisfied than those who have been in practice longer.  However, the majority of respondents also felt that the practice of medicine is in jeopardy — that top students may be less likely to study medicine; that physicians may be more likely to retire or scale back practice due to near-term changes in the health care system.  Eighty percent of the responding physicians agree with the idea that practice is going to change to a greater focus on interdisciplinary teams and care coordinators.  Only about one-third give the overall performance of the health care system a grade of “A” or “B.”

Source: Deloitte 2013 Survey of U.S. Physicians: Physician Perspectives ABout Health Care Reform and the Future of the Medical Profession.  Washington, DC: Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, 2013.  Click here: http://www.deloitte.com and then type in “2013 Deloitte survey” in the search box in the upper right corner.  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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