A new survey found that more than one-third of about 30,000 physicians in the Northeast are considering early retirement rather than continuing to practice in a reformed national healthcare system.
The survey was conducted by Physician's News Digest, a monthly medical newspaper serving physicians in southeastern Pennsylvania and eastern Massachusetts. It surveyed its readership about their reactions to healthcare reform and released the survey results last week.
Some 36% of the physicians said they would consider early retirement, and 38% said they would consider accepting a salaried position at a hospital, group practice, managed-care plan or other employer.
"While becoming an employee is distasteful to many physicians, the shared risk, guaranteed income and appeal of ridding oneself of administrative burdens may outweigh the drawbacks," the newspaper said.
Interestingly, to reform healthcare, more physicians favored adopting a single-payer system than going to a system based on managed competition. Some 38% favored a Canadian-style, single-payer system, compared with 20% who favored a managed-competition approach.