"Physicians are working harder and longer hours for less reimbursement," said Richard L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare, in a statement announcing the release of the staffing firm's latest report. "Plus, they feel like insurers, government and hospitals dictate how they can treat patients."
According to the survey of 3,456 self-selected respondents, 42 percent of practicing physicians are dissatisfied in their job. Among the discontent, some are considering early retirement or a career change out of medicine.
Additional survey findings included the following:
- Echoing concerns cited by the Physicians Foundation's recently released Physicians' Watch List for 2013, key drivers of physician dissatisfaction include decreasing autonomy (46 percent), low reimbursement (35 percent) and administrative hassles (23 percent).
- Dissatisfaction was higher among female physicians and doctors of both genders older than 45.
- Among physicians younger than 45, dissatisfaction was higher for those working in private practice than those who had never worked in private practice.
- Unhappy physicians were more likely to work 12 or more hours per day and work in a practice too full to take more patients and not utilizing advanced practitioner support
- Nearly half (48 percent) said they held a cautionary outlook for the future of their medical career, while 36 percent expressed a generally negative outlook.