Primary care: "Second class citizens"

Almost two-thirds would not do primary care if they had to choose all over again:

“Between declining reimbursement, rising overhead, and loss of autonomy and respect, primary care physicians are feeling battered,” notes Pamela Moore, senior editor of Physicians Practice. “That makes it more crucial than ever for them to create the sort of practice they can actually enjoy.”

Only about 40 percent of primary care physicians surveyed said they would stay in primary care if they had their medical education to do over again. About 39 percent said they would become surgical or diagnostic specialists, while about 22% said they would not choose medicine as a career.

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