Archive for the ‘physicians’ Category

Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine

November 18, 2008

Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative.

By Val Willingham
CNN Medical Producer

The survey, released this week by the Physicians’ Foundation, which promotes better doctor-patient relationships, sought to find the reasons for an identified exodus among family doctors and internists, widely known as the backbone of the health industry.

A U.S. shortage of 35,000 to 40,000 primary care physicians by 2025 was predicted at last week’s American Medical Association annual meeting.

In the survey, the foundation sent questionnaires to more than 270,000 primary care doctors and more than 50,000 specialists nationwide.

Of the 12,000 respondents, 49 percent said they’d consider leaving medicine. Many said they are overwhelmed with their practices, not because they have too many patients, but because there’s too much red tape generated from insurance companies and government agencies.

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America Needs More Doctors?

January 2, 2008

By Gregory Lopes
The Washington Times
January 2, 2008

Training more doctors to serve an aging population could drive up already crippling health care costs, medical officials say.

An influx of doctors will increase costs on an already financially troubled Medicare system, researchers at Dartmouth Medical School contend.

“Calling for more doctors, like prescribing more drugs, for an already overmedicated patient, may only makes things worse,” said Dr. David Goodman, a professor of pediatrics and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, which researches heath care quality and costs.

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Addicted doctors still practice while in rehab

December 18, 2007

Botched surgeries highlight troubled area of the medical profession….

December 18, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Troubling cases in which doctors were accused of botching operations while undergoing treatment for drugs or alcohol have led to criticism of rehab programs that allow thousands of U.S. physicians to keep their addictions hidden from their patients.

Dr. Jason Giles

Dr. Jason Giles, a Malibu, Calif., physician, completed the state’s confidential program in 2004 after five years in treatment for alcoholism and addiction to prescription drugs. His experience in rehab was so transformative, he said, that he quit practicing anesthesiology and opened the drug treatment center he now runs.
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Nearly all states have confidential rehab programs that let doctors continue practicing as long as they stick with the treatment regimen. Nationwide, as many as 8,000 doctors may be in such programs, by one estimate.

These arrangements largely escaped public scrutiny until last summer, when California’s medical board outraged physicians across the country by abolishing its 27-year-old program. A review concluded that the system failed to protect patients or help addicted doctors get better.

Opponents of such programs say the medical establishment uses confidential treatment to protect dangerous physicians.

“Patients have no way to protect themselves from these doctors,” said Julie Fellmeth, who heads the University of San Diego’s Center for Public Interest Law and led the opposition to California’s so-called diversion program.

Most addiction specialists favor allowing doctors to continue practicing while in confidential treatment, as does the American Medical Association.

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