Physician Shortages Found in 8 Specialties, Continued Primary Care Shortages, and Physician Concerns About Global Payments and Accountable Care Organizations:
Waltham, Mass. — September 28, 2011 — The Massachusetts Medical Society today released its 2011 Physician Workforce Study showing critical and severe physician shortages in eight specialties, a sixth consecutive year of shortages of primary care physicians, and physicians’ concerns about participating in global payments and accountable care organizations.
The study also confirmed once again that the state faces difficulty in recruiting and retaining physicians and that the fear of being sued has a pervasive, negative influence on the practice of medicine by causing physicians to alter or limit their practice.
The 2011 study is the Society’s 10th annual comprehensive look at the physician workforce in Massachusetts and includes responses from 1,071 practicing physicians. Among the topics surveyed were the labor supply of physicians by specialties; physician recruitment and retention; satisfaction with the profession and practice environment; willingness to participate in global payment programs and accountable care organizations; opinions of the U.S. health care system; and the impact of professional liability concerns on the practice of medicine.
To download complete ‘2011 Patient Access to Health Care Study’, click here.