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More physicians leaving private practice

The Los Angeles Times (9/1, Zamosky) reported American physicians are facing increasing pressure from a variety of sources, driving more doctors to leave private practice to join larger healthcare networks. As the Times puts it, “being a doctor in private practice today is more complicated than it used to be, with growing financial pressures, more government regulation, greater oversight by insurers, rapid developments in medicine and pressure to keep up with technology.” Due to the Affordable Care Act and other factors, even physicians who stay in private practice often find themselves changing their business models to stay afloat. Over the past 14 years, the proportion of medical doctors in private practice has dropped from half to one-third.

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