SPECIALDOCS: Physicians at the Front Lines Increasingly Suffer from Burnout, According to New Reports

October 28, 2014

Totally agree. In My journey past couple of years, I have been treated more as a number than a physician. It is very hard to stay in medicine when recruiters, new owners, new managers and administrators have very little health care experience and savvy; don’t want to entertain recommendations from doctors who already have gone thru the wars many times and who have learned from our mistakes.
The question I have to these people is,” Do you want us to treat you, when you become a patient, the way you treat us or do want us, the physicians to treat you as caring , reasonable doctors?

Concierge Medicine Today | For Doctors Forum

By Specialdocs Consultants, Inc.

Subscribe-to-our-NewsletterOctober 24, 2014 – An article in the October 22 Chicago Tribune highlights a phenomenon physicians know all too well—burnout, a long-term reaction to stress that includes emotional exhaustion, a sense of depersonalization and a lack of a sense of personal accomplishment.  Particularly prevalent among primary care physicians, who then leave medicine, the burnout factor may worsen the current doctor shortage at the very point when many more are needed to care for aging Baby Boomers and new patients insured through the Affordable Care Act.

According to research compiled by a number of professional organizations, the problem results from challenges within the healthcare system that diminish autonomy, make it difficult to establish relationships with patients, require excessive documentation, a sense of isolation…all the factors that prompted our Special Docs physicians to make the change to concierge medicine.

While transitioning to the concierge model was not mentioned—and…

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This is getting very frustrating

October 3, 2014

This is getting very frustrating.

Got screwed again , this time from last assignment. After being extended on a monthly basis , when originally it was only a 2 month situation, for 8 months , the recruiter and owner of this practice terminated “my services ” suddenly when 1 week earlier I was asked to extend thru September ,which I agreed to the extension.

Well, one check was delayed payment 4 weeks , but kept being misled after being informed only 5 days earlier that I would receive both checks at same time.
They withheld one of my checks of $1400, stating they needed to pay for accrued costs of my early “termination”, which was totally bogus.

The integrity of these places just keeps getting worse, and I am having to look for work again. Meaning , no one is rushing to hire an “Old Doctor not Board Certified(even though I was for 30 years)

I am seriously thinking of changing my House Call practice, which is just minimally part-time, into a full-time opportunity or be forced to move from this area.