Understanding Physician Challenges to Develop Meaningful and Sustainable Solutions

 

Physician shortages. Access to care. Problematic reimbursement practices. Medicare and Medicaid spending cuts. Changing regulatory requirements. These are just a few of the many issues confronting the U.S. healthcare system. The Physicians Foundation is committed to better understanding these issues and challenges in order to develop meaningful and sustainable solutions.

 

Explore Our Research and Physician Surveys to Identify the Most Pressing Issues Facing America’s Physicians

 

Included on this page is a list of featured research studies, covering such areas as physician and patient perspectives, trends in medical practice, healthcare reform and more. We encourage you to check frequently to review the latest findings exploring the key trends in healthcare impacting America’s physicians and their patients.

Research Studies

A survey of more than 17,000 U.S. physicians found that they continue to struggle to maintain morale levels, adapt to changing delivery and payment models, and provide patients with reasonable access to care. The combination of these factors leaves a majority of physicians feeling that they lack time to provide the highest level of care. To view the full...

A new patient survey, released by the Physicians Foundation in May 2016, found that nine out of 10 U.S. adults report high levels of satisfaction with their primary care physician. However, patients cite increasing concern and frustration with their ability to manage rising healthcare costs and medical debt, with many indicating that they have avoided treatment plans, routine or specialty check-ups,...

Every two years, the Physicians Foundation conducts a national survey of physicians to provide policy makers, healthcare influencers, media and other stakeholders insights into the state of the medical profession and the most pressing challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system.  The 2014 survey polled more than 20,000 physicians on a range of issues, including professional morale, doctor shortages, Medicare / Medicaid...

October 2012

New Survey Finds Nearly 80 Percent of U.S. Patients “Extremely or Very Satisfied” With Primary Care Physician Visits Insights From the Physicians Foundation Survey Shows Majority of Consumers Feel Negative About Future of U.S. Healthcare System Executive Summary: Seventy-nine percent of consumers who visited their family doctor or primary care physician (PCP) at least once in the...

The Physicians Foundation conducted one of the largest physician surveys ever undertaken in the U.S. to provide doctors with a clear voice on the most pressing issues facing our nation regarding the delivery of healthcare. The survey examines physician morale, practice patterns, patient accessibility and career plans. Comprehensive Survey of 13,575 U.S. Physicians Points Toward Substantial Challenges for Patient...

This physician survey, which polled 500 young physicians (aged 40 and under), gauged sentiment about the future of the U.S. healthcare system and their own practice experiences. Young Physicians Pessimistic about the Future of U.S. Healthcare Executive Summary: Fifty-seven percent of young physicians (40 years of age and under) are pessimistic about the future of the U.S. healthcare system. Key...

Nation’s Frontline Physicians Unhappy with Healthcare Reform Measures Executive Summary: In 2010, The Physicians Foundation released the results of a national survey of more than 100,000 physicians that found strong negative feelings towards the new healthcare reform law and fear that patient care will suffer in the months and years ahead. This physician survey was intended to gauge doctors’...

Survey Finds Numerous Problems Facing Primary Care Doctors, Predicts Escalating Shortage Ahead Executive Summary: Results of a national survey released in 2009 by The Physicians Foundation illustrated widespread frustration among primary care physicians nationwide over the state of their medical practices – and underscored their concerns regarding an escalating shortage of primary care physicians.  This physician survey examined the causes...