September 28, 2015

The majority of U.S. doctors say the profession is in decline and don't recommend their children go into medicine.

If someone told you not to go into their field of work, you’d be wise to listen.
If that advice came from your doctor, you might be foolish not to take it.
While it’s the dream of countless parents that their child become a doctor, the reality is that the majority of physicians wouldn’t recommend medicine as a career to their own children or other young people.

Dr. Ernest Brown is a family physician who does only house calls in Washington, D.C. He would recommend practicing medicine to his son only if he did so in a country besides the United States.
“There’s no heart and soul in it,” he told Healthline. “It’s all commodities and profit.”
Dr. Kristen Miranda-Gaines works in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. She has reservations about a recommendation for her profession.
doctor shortfall

“I don’t know. I lean toward saying no, but at the same time it’s hard because I see people in many jobs who are frustrated and disillusioned,” she told Healthline. “I wouldn’t persuade or dissuade them, but I’d tell them about the realities.”
One reality is half of practicing physicians in the United States report cutting back on the number of patients they plan to see, switching to part-time or concierge medicine, or taking other steps to treat fewer people. 

Another is that the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts the U.S. will be short between 46,000 and 90,000 physicians by the year 2025. About a third of the shortfall will consist of primary care physicians.
Kyle Mattice, president of health services for the Execu|Search Group, a staffing and recruitment company on the East Coast, said he’s the busiest he’s been in 13 years as hiring for physicians and nurses are “through the roof.”

“In the healthcare industry, we’ve seen this coming for a while,” he told Healthline. “The clinical need is real right now. It’s fast and furious.”
The need for these physicians is driven by many factors, mainly as 10,000 baby boomers reach the age of 65 every day and millions of new patients now insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) start going to see the doctor.

Research shows Americans continue to have longer, but not necessarily healthier, lives. As we get older, we are likely to have one or more chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, depression, addiction, or dementia.
And we’re counting on someone to make us better.

How could it suck to be a doctor of medicine in the United States, a place where healthcare spending exceeds $2.5 trillion each year?
For many doctors practicing today, it’s being forced to do more with less, a scenario that, to them, erodes the core values of the profession.
Those in the medical profession say the key to a healthy society is trust between doctor and patient, one cultivated over time through meaningful interaction, discussion, and understanding.
The looming problem over modern healthcare, they say, is that the model is structured to increase output, not better long-term health.
That, in turn, creates high levels of stress when productivity is matched against altruism. And no one disagrees that there aren’t enough hands around when the heavy lifting needs to be done.


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