Can Locum Tenens Be a High-Paying Career?

Morgan Lewis, Jr.


August 30, 2012

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Although locum tenens assignments carry financial and personal benefits, this type of practice isn't suited to all physicians. Consider these benefits and drawbacks before signing up with an agency:


  • Defined work schedule;

  • No administrative responsibility;

  • The agency manages the majority of the travel, transportation, lodging arrangements, and costs;

  • Malpractice insurance is covered;

  • Documenting billing codes is expected, but you only need a time sheet to get paid on a biweekly basis;

  • No waiting or fighting to get paid from insurance companies or patients; and

  • Travel (if you enjoy it).


  • Changing workflows, technology, and systems;

  • Separation from family;

  • Less collegial environment;

  • May need to cover personal healthcare expenses;

  • Less influence over an organization; and

  • Travel (if you don't enjoy it).


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