Primary care physicians are the back bone of US health care system .Currently health care is facing an acute shortage of primary health care physicians [PCP].Predictable shortage by 2020 is about 20,000 physicians Aging population , population growth and Affordable care act , they all contribute to it.Nurse practitioners and Physician assistants alleviate this issue to some extent but the overall picture is grim
Physician burn out rate is high and ever increasing . In 2014 , Family physician burn out rate was around 63 %.
Primary care physicians are the default dumpsters of health care .They should be capable of treating all medical issues with the most little help from specialists [Managed Care ]. They should practice corporate medicine with EMR documentation [15 min , each patient ]. They should have an expert opinion about whether patient can drive , keep a pet , lift 20 pounds , climb up to the first floor [anything that can have any remotest legal implication ]. They should be rhino skinned and be ever forgiving to the frustrated patients.
Not to mention the hostile legal environment
Sad part … There is no legal platform that addresses physicians issues
Physicians are life savers but not Gods
And human beings do need help