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Why are physicians leaving their practices?

Physicians are leaving the practice of medicine in large numbers, but its probably not due to electronic medical records (EHRs) or ObamaCare, but a much more mundane reason--we are getting older.  Several articles over recent years have claimed the difficulty of practicing medicine with electronic medical records, or the bureaucratic requirements of the Affordable Care Act, are driving physicians into retirement in droves, most recently perhaps in an article by Charles Krauthammer, himself a physician, in Investors Business Daily last week.  Dr. Krauthammer laid the blame on EHRs and the time required for physicians to sit in front of a computer screen and not in front of a patient.  However, a recent article in Forbes calls into question these conclusions, not questioning whether physicians are quitting in historically high numbers, but why.  This article, at http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2015/06/02/why-doctors-really-quit/?ss=pharma-healthcare, makes the point that we are quitting because we are getting older.  In 2012, for the first time, the number of physicians 55 and older equaled the number of physicians aged 35-54, whereas more typically for the last 40 years, the number of physicians practicing aged 55 or more was half or 2/3 of the number aged 35-54.  So basically we have had to work longer than before and now more of us are finally retiring, albeit at an older age then before.  

Why are physicians leaving their practices?

Physicians are leaving the practice of medicine in large numbers, but its probably not due to electronic medical records (EHRs) or ObamaCare, but a much more mundane reason--we are getting older.  Several articles over recent years have claimed the difficulty of practicing medicine with electronic medical records, or the bureaucratic requirements of the Affordable Care Act, are driving physicians into retirement in droves, most recently perhaps in an article by Charles Krauthammer, himself a physician, in Investors Business Daily last week.  Dr. Krauthammer laid the blame on EHRs and the time required for physicians to sit in front of a computer screen and not in front of a patient.  However, a recent article in Forbes calls into question these conclusions, not questioning whether physicians are quitting in historically high numbers, but why.  This article, at http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2015/06/02/why-doctors-really-quit/?ss=pharma-healthcare, makes the point that we are quitting because we are getting older.  In 2012, for the first time, the number of physicians 55 and older equaled the number of physicians aged 35-54, whereas more typically for the last 40 years, the number of physicians practicing aged 55 or more was half or 2/3 of the number aged 35-54.  So basically we have had to work longer than before and now more of us are finally retiring, albeit at an older age then before.  

Why are physicians leaving their practices?

Physicians are leaving the practice of medicine in large numbers, but its probably not due to electronic medical records (EHRs) or ObamaCare, but a much more mundane reason--we are getting older.  Several articles over recent years have claimed the difficulty of practicing medicine with electronic medical records, or the bureaucratic requirements of the Affordable Care Act, are driving physicians into retirement in droves, most recently perhaps in an article by Charles Krauthammer, himself a physician, in Investors Business Daily last week.  Dr. Krauthammer laid the blame on EHRs and the time required for physicians to sit in front of a computer screen and not in front of a patient.  However, a recent article in Forbes calls into question these conclusions, not questioning whether physicians are quitting in historically high numbers, but why.  This article, at http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2015/06/02/why-doctors-really-quit/?ss=pharma-healthcare, makes the point that we are quitting because we are getting older.  In 2012, for the first time, the number of physicians 55 and older equaled the number of physicians aged 35-54, whereas more typically for the last 40 years, the number of physicians practicing aged 55 or more was half or 2/3 of the number aged 35-54.  So basically we have had to work longer than before and now more of us are finally retiring, albeit at an older age then before.  

Multistate physician license may yet become easier

Physician licensure for physicians practicing in multiple states has been a difficult proposition to this point, with varying requirements for licensure in each individual state, the cost of licensure being what it is despite perhaps seeing only a few patients in each state. However, there continues to be some movement towards easing that process. According to an article in Newswise at http://www.newswise.com/articles/eight-states-formally-introduce-legislation-to-speed-physician-licensing-across-state-lines, some state legislatures are viewing passage of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, model legislation that would speed the process of issuing licenses for physicians who wish to practice in multiple states. In nine state, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming, the model legislation has been recently introduced.

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