According to veteran health care journalist Steve Jacob, the circumstances under which America’s physicians will do their jobs will change more in the next decade than they have in the past 50 years.
The Physicians Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit that supports physicians and helps them navigate health care reform, has identified some of the most pressing issues facing U.S. doctors:
– the uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act,
– where the nation will find the capacity to treat millions of newly insured patients,
– the continuously expanding administrative burden,
– the industry’s relentless consolidation to gain market leverage, and
– the forces nibbling away at practice autonomy.
Jacob explores these issues in-depth in his latest book So Long Marcus Welby, MD: How Today’s Health Care Is Suffocating Independent Physicians — and How Some Changed to Thrive. He draws on dozens of interviews and more than 500 published sources to cover these issues and describe how the landscape is changing for doctors.