Nearly four-hundred physicians commit suicide each year, and many more simply suffer in silence. Physician burnout has reached dangerous proportions, affecting more than 55 percent of healthcare providers, according to the Mayo Clinic. This is a national healthcare crisis that demands immediate action before it is too late to change its devastating consequences. Spend only one day with your doctor, and you will witness the situation firsthand; read this book, and you will begin to understand the full scope of the problem.
Physicians are being squeezed from every direction: by hospitals and insurance companies that are absorbing private medical practices in unprecedented numbers; by administrators who are interfering with the way doctors care for their patients, and by politicians who pass legislation that benefits corporate entities at the expense of medical providers and patients. Understanding what is really ailing our doctors is the beginning of finding a remedy. To that end, I interviewed hundreds of physicians around the country; their stories burn the pages of this book.
In addition, consider these sobering facts:
- Currently, more than one million patients in the United States lose a physician to burnout, early retirement, or suicide each year.
- By 2030, it is estimated that the American population will surpass 359 million citizens.
- Of those citizens, one in five will be sixty-five or older.
- New primary care physicians and other medical specialists are not keeping pace with the demands of this growing and aging population.
- In 2030, the country will face a shortage of between 40,800 and 104,900 physicians.
There is no greater problem facing us in the years ahead; it will take a dramatic paradigm shift on the part of all stakeholders to craft a solution. The health of the nation hangs in the balance.