Is the grass greener over there?

A recent survey shows that Private practices showed an average loss of $13,982 per physician and health systems lost $211,961 per physician. However, this is not an ‘apples to apples’ comparison for many reasons not the least being all the non-professional revenue hospitals collect from physician services, which is probably not included in their numbers.

In another report the happiness was examined between 5000 employed and independent physicians.

Over 50% were happy not to deal with the business aspects of a practice but overall, self-employed physicians were more satisfied than employed physicians (63% vs 55%) mainly because as owners they could count on being listened to and active participants. 40% of employed physicians had a patient quota but were happier with EMR compared to independents (40% versus 31%).

We all know the grass is not always greener on the other side. So, to build cliché after cliché: look before you leap!!