A Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives

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Comprehensive Survey of 13,575 U.S. Physicians Points Toward Substantial Challenges for Patient Access and Growing Physician Shortages if Current Trends Continue

Executive Summary: American patients are likely to experience significant and increasing challenges in accessing care if current physician practice patterns trends continue, according to a comprehensive new survey of practicing physicians.  One of the largest physician surveys ever undertaken in the U.S., the research was commissioned by The Physicians Foundation.

Full-time-equivalent (FTE) physicians will be lost from the workforce in the next four years.  The survey also found that over the next one to three years, more than 50 percent of physicians will cut back on patients seen, work part-time, switch to concierge medicine, retire, or take other steps likely to reduce patient access.To access the full research report, please click