Six Biggest Gripes of Employed Doctors

Kenneth J. Terry, MA

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March 02, 2011

In This Article

1. Lack of Job Security

Some observers don't think job security is a problem for physicians. Matt Robbins, Senior Director of Marketing for Delta Physician Placement in Dallas, points out that doctors are in great demand. He expects hospitals will hire more physicians as healthcare reform expands coverage and increases the emphasis on care coordination. But he admits that some hospitals hire too many doctors, placing those physicians' incomes at risk.

Some hospitals dump physicians when their contracts are up if they're not productive enough or if the hospital is having financial problems, notes Michael LaPenna, a healthcare consultant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Typical employment contracts last for 3 or 4 years, but they may allow either party to terminate the pact with 6 months' notice, he adds.

Sometimes a merger of hospital systems will lead to physician layoffs. For example, North Shore-LIJ, a big healthcare system in the New York area, recently absorbed Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. LaPenna expects a few radiologists will lose their positions as the 2 systems' radiology groups are merged.

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