The front page of today's Wall Street Journal has a story on the rising demand for temp surgeons in the face of a nationwide shortage. But while demand for surgeons is growing more quickly than for other specialities, most locum tenens requests are, by far, for primary care docs, notes the WSJ's health blog. According to a survey by national locum tenens company Staff Care, primary care accounted for 41.5% of total staff-days requested by clients in 2007, followed by anesthesiologists/CRNAs (20%), behavioral health specialists (17.6%), radiologists (11.6%) and surgeons (7.7%).
Many private practice internists are being forced to make changes in the face of declining reimbursements and the current recession. Are docs who may not have considered locum tenens in the past now giving it more serious thought?