Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Solo Practitioner
A few weeks ago, there was an article in the NY Times, "Family Physician Can't Give Away Solo Practice" written by Gardiner Harris. This article should be mandatory reading for every solo practitioner. A very sobering read on the future of the family doctor, who populates our cities and towns across America. These very special people are struggling to survive in today's economy and will become extinct in a few years once the electronic health record becomes mandatory for doctors to be paid. Last week, I blogged about the role of the hospitalist and that the number of physicians giving up their hospital practice has forced our hospital to double the physicians in our hospital medicine program. The physician in the attached article now has to see three patients per hour to cover his ever rising costs and four patients an hour to make a profit based on reductions in what is he is paid. Now you have the rest of the story and stay tuned for more. The upcoming changes related to physician practice will be many, and I am not so sure that all will be for the best.