WSJ: Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

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  1. AmishGirl

    AmishGirl Well-Known Member VIP

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    Hey mrd160, check this one out:

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-...tem-a-doctors-perspective-1409325361?mod=e2fb
    Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession
    American physicians are increasingly sick of their once-vaunted profession, and that malaise is bad for their patients

    All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of doctor I never thought I'd be: impatient, occasionally indifferent, at times dismissive or paternalistic. Many of my colleagues are similarly struggling with the loss of their professional ideals.

    It could be just a midlife crisis, but it occurs to me that my profession is in a sort of midlife crisis of its own. In the past four decades, American doctors have lost the status they used to enjoy. In the mid-20th century, physicians were the pillars of any community. If you were smart and sincere and ambitious, at the top of your class, there was nothing nobler or more rewarding that you could aspire to become.

    Today medicine is just another profession, and doctors have become like everybody else: insecure, discontented and anxious about the future. In surveys, a majority of doctors express diminished enthusiasm for medicine and say they would discourage a friend or family member from entering the profession. In a 2008 survey of 12,000 physicians, only 6% described their morale as positive. Eighty-four percent said that their incomes were constant or decreasing. Most said they didn't have enough time to spend with patients because of paperwork, and nearly half said they planned to reduce the number of patients they would see in the next three years or stop practicing altogether.
     
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    That's what I hear from my doctor friends as well these days...
     
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  3. Ridic

    Ridic Too ridic to quit Banned User

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    ObamaCare will ruin the level of care we receive in the US.
     
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  4. BrulesRules

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  5. AmishGirl

    AmishGirl Well-Known Member VIP

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    I'll tell you what, though - a good Dr is worth their weight in gold (same w/Dentists). So hard to find, though....
     
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    It takes a doctor 11 years of education and training to become a doctor.

    They have large debts starting out.

    In most cases they make less than ever before.

    Every patient thinks they know more than the doctor.

    Every patient wants a fix right now
     
  7. nextlevel

    nextlevel You're so amazing

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    cry me a fucking river, welcome to the real world faggots
     
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  9. nextlevel

    nextlevel You're so amazing

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    wow, someones not happy with their job and wants to get a new one, boo fucking hoo, welcome to adulthood faggots
     
  10. Gomez

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    Thanks, insurance industry :hw:
     
  11. Gitfiddle

    Gitfiddle Live Deliciously

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    Wow, you're so edgy. You're a rebel and you don't care who knows it.
     
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    nextlevel You're so amazing

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    lol
     
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    Thanks, pharmaceutical industy :hw:
     
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    Well perhaps they needed to get their ego's in check. They aren't God. But on a side note, the over regulating by the government is repressive. I've seen all to often in hospitals especially all medical staff are far too busy dotting the i's and crossing the t's to be truly effective in their jobs.
     
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    Mlaw Quite Contrarian Gold

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    yup
     
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    one neighbor is a general physician, another's just starting out as a cardiologist

    Both kinda hate it
     
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    Obama care is fine for the average practitioner. More people with insurance is a good thing.
     
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