US GPs are unhappy, underpaid, deluged by paperwork, and want to retire, study says

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 25 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2711
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Primary care doctors in the United States are unhappy, a survey has found. The non-profit making Physicians’ Foundation received almost 12 000 responses from a survey of 270 000 primary care doctors and more than 50 000 specialists, a response rate of less than 4%.

    Although 78% of the doctors who responded think that there is a shortage of primary care doctors, half of them plan to reduce the number of patients they see or to stop practising in the next three years. This is bad news when the new administration under President Barack Obama seeks to increase the availability of health care.

    “Combine these statistics with recent studies showing that medical schools are graduating fewer and fewer students …

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