Survey: 40% of PCPs consider leaving practice

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Forty percent of U.S. primary care physicians are considering leaving their field, according to recent data from medical market research firm M3 USA’s annual poll of U.S. primary care physicians.

The late-2010 survey of 3,729 family care physicians found that 40.3 percent had considered leaving their primary care practices that year. Of those, 16.5 percent said 2010 was the first year they had considered a career change.

The survey also reported that three out of five physicians enjoy better job satisfaction than they anticipated on their first day in medical school, M3 USA said.

“The growing avalanche of paperwork, insurance bureaucracy, office overhead expenses and challenges of small business management have many practices reeling,” concluded the survey. “The most satisfying element of the job for many doctors is face-to-face time with patients, and that has been eroding steadily for the past decade.”