Physicians Call Lack of Autonomy Top Irritant

Of the 42 percent of physicians who say they are dissatisfied with their jobs, the No. 1 reason cited was decreasing autonomy, according to a Jackson Healthcare survey.

Nearly half cited decreasing autonomy, compared with 1 out of 3 naming low reimbursement and 1 out of 4 blaming administrative hassles.

“Physicians are working harder and longer hours for less reimbursement,” Richard L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare said in a statement. “Plus, they feel like insurers, government and hospitals dictate how they can treat patients. If we continue to devalue the experience and skills of our physicians, they will become the most expensive data entry clerks in the nation. “

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  • Bradley Weprin

    Completely agree. Metrics that have been applied and which are used to determine physician “quality” are too simple and do not take into account clinical variables, have no bearing on clinical competence, and have been developed by individuals, even if physicians, who have no in sight or experience in the delivery of specialized care. It is these metrics that physicians are being forced to live under for reimbursement, for advancement and soon for the actual decisions of care. The creators of these metrics assume physicians should treat all patients utilizing cookbook type protocols that remove any thought to a particular case or patient preventing the physician from actually doing what may be beat for the patient based on his/her experience or education. However, deviating from said protocol and changing care, dings the md based on the metric. This is awful. Physicians should make decisions based on education and experience. So called best practice methods should be maintained at a basic level, but not allowed to interfere with complex and insividualized care. Best practice protocols do not mean the same to each case. Leave us alone!