Physicians Foundation Checks Your Pulse

The Physicians Foundation is surveying you and your 650,000 physician colleagues across the country to determine how satisfied you are with the current state of medicine. The survey asks about the state of your practice, your morale, your career plans, and whether you can continue providing services in light of escalating regulatory and financial burdens.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. You may do so anonymously or you may provide your email address to receive a copy of the survey results.

The foundation wants to produce a "state of the union" report on the medical profession that can have a significant impact on both policy and public perceptions.

"This is a critical time in health care, and it is imperative that the physicians' perspective be presented,” said TMA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer Louis Goodman, PhD, president of the Physicians Foundation. "This survey will reach virtually every practicing doctor in the country with an email address. We need a huge response so that the voices of physicians can be heard loud and clear."

A nonprofit, grant-making organization composed of 17 state and three county medical societies, the Physicians Foundation is committed to learning what physicians think about the current state of the medical profession and the health care system as a whole. A key question the survey poses, said Tim Norbeck, CEO, of the foundation, is "Can physicians meet the needs of patients given current medical practice conditions?"

"If the survey indicates that the medical profession itself is in jeopardy, then that urgent message must be heard by both policymakers and the public," said Walker Ray, MD, vice president of the foundation and former president of the Medical Association of Georgia.

The Physicians Foundation Board of Directors will receive the results of the survey in August and share them with political leaders, policymakers, and the news media nationwide.


Action, April 17, 2012


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