About 42% of hospitals pay or plan to pay physicians for on-call coverage, according to a Governance Institute poll of 125 hospitals, compared with 39% in a 2002 survey. Daily stipends, the most common method of payment, range from $407 to $878, compared with $392 to $1,120 in the 2002 survey. Many hospitals said they could no longer provide on-call coverage in certain specialties, such as neurosurgery and nephrology. The percent of hospitals with neurosurgery coverage dropped to 50% in the latest survey from 90% in 2002, while 49% said they had nephrology coverage, down from 67% in 2002. However, coverage in several primary-care specialties rose. -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
On-call stipends more common but smaller: survey
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