I don’t think it is so shocking that 63% would retire today if they could. Heck, I would 100% retire today if I could! I have known a few doctors and those people work thier flipping asses off. I could not keep up I swear.
May I suggest that Freepers who read this visit the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons web site for and excellent resource for research and Physicians' opinions on medical care and government's disastrous effects for both patients and physicians.
This organization has been fighting for the rights of patients and doctors since 1943 and can provide an excellent source for information.
Freedom is too valuable to be thwarted by so-called "progressives" who use health care as a vehicle and cover for imposing tyranny under the guise of "helping" us.
This is exactly what is happening in MA as a result of Obamacare. The age of the General Practitioner are going the way of the horse and buggy.
I was talking to my PCP, a high school friend, the other day. He was saying his practice stopped taking medicare and medicaide several years ago after they just arbitrarily cut his payments. The electronic filing requirements are going to kill them as well. The manpower costs to transfer their files to electronic system is huge.
Its not about being greedy. Its about having to spend more time on paperwork than being a Doctor. He said the area (with about 600,000 people) could stand at least 15-20 PCPs.
I asked why we did not just create clinics with young doctors—pay them a decent wage, but also pay off their college debt and group them for malpractice. That would be cost effective and take the pressure off from the ERs.
It made sense...but thats why no one will do it. Some hospital is going to glom onto that model and it will become a standard. The free market would win overall.
I am underwhopped. I bet at least 61% of anybody "would retire today if they had the ability to do so."
Go ask a sample of people in general, what they would do if they won a 100 million dollar Lottery tonight, see how many would report for work as usual tomorrow morning--or ever.