A new survey by the Physicians' Foundation finds that half of practicing primary care physicians plan to either leave practice or reduce the number of patients they see over the next three years. Is this wishful thinking on their part about creating better work/life balance, or an indication that primary care is about to disappear? By the time health care reform is enacted, will there be anyone left to take advantage of it?
The other interesting stat from the survey is that 78% of the physicians believe there is a primary care shortage. Our question: what's up with that other 22%?