Blame Shortage on Salaries

Study shows lack of primary care physicians correlates to lower pay.

By UO Staff | March/April 2009 | Vital Stats

 

Salary disparities among medical specialties play a major role in the shortage of primary care physicians, a recent JAMA study shows.

Dr. Mark Ebell, a professor and assistant to the provost at the University of Georgia, compared 2007 starting salaries for various physician specialties with the percentage of medical school graduates choosing those specialties. He found a direct correlation between salary and the popularity of a specialty.

Ebell found the same relationship in a study he conducted nearly 20 years ago. Since then, the salary disparities have grown and the shortage of primary care physicians—including those in family medicine, pediatrics, or general internal medicine—has become more pronounced. In the past decade, the number of U.S. medical school graduates entering family practice residencies has dropped 50 percent. more »

 

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Physician Compensation Remains Flat

Although finiancial growth is typically a medical career goal, gains have barely registered since 2003.

By UO Staff | September/October 2008 | Vital Stats

 

Specialty physicians’ overall compensation remained flat in 2007, (increasing just 0.31 percent, adjusted for inflation, or 3.16 percent without inflation) according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2008 Report Based on 2007 Data. Among specialists, invasive cardiologists’ compensation declined (0.18 percent loss) even before inflation. However, noninvasive cardiologists’ compensation increased 11.72 percent. Compensation for EM physicians and hem/onc also failed to keep up with inflation. more »

 

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Women Physicians Lack Equality

While the number of women physicians practicing in the U.S. has grown, their salaries lag behind their male peers’

By UO Staff | September/October 2008 | Vital Stats

 

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), the number of women in medicine has grown by roughly 140 percent in the past three decades. But in an early 2008 report to the AMA Board of Trustees on “Gender Disparities in Physician Income and Advancement,” AMA Chairman Edward L. Langston reported that despite the growing numbers of women in medicine, female physicians consistently lag behind their male counterparts in professional advancement and annual compensation. more »

 

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Universal Health Care Not the Answer?

Survey finds that 20 percent of physicians will leave medicine if Universal Health Care coverage is implemented in 2009

July/August 2008 | Vital Stats

 

In a survey of almost 1,400 physicians by physician recruiting firm LocumTenens.com, 20 percent of respondents say they’ll stop practicing medicine if the next U.S. president enacts universal health care insurance coverage. Although 62 percent say they will continue practicing the way they do today, 11 percent say they would change occupations and 9 percent said they would retire.

“These physician survey results signal to government officials and insurance industry executives that they must not discount physicians’ potential response as healthcare reform is implemented,” LocumTenens.com President David Roush says. “Any type of reform that further reduces their autonomy and income-earning potential will exacerbate the growing U.S. shortage of physicians.” more »

 

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