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Employed Physicians Outnumber Self-Employed Physicians According to American Medical Association

“Transformational change continues in the delivery of healthcare, and physicians are responding by re-evaluating their practice arrangements,” AMA President Barbara McAneny, MD, said in a news release. “Physicians must assess many factors and carefully determine for themselves what settings they find professionally rewarding when considering independence or employment.”

The latest AMA study found that 47.4 percent of all patient care physicians in 2018 were employed physicians. That’s a 6 percentage point increase compared to 2012.

At the same time, 45.9 percent of all patient care physicians in 2018 were self-employed physicians, down 7 percentage points compared to 53.2 percent in 2012.

Younger physicians and women physicians are more likely to be employed. Nearly 70 percent of physicians under age 40 were employees in 2018, compared to 38.2 percent of physicians age 55 and over.

Among female physicians, more were employees than practice owners (57.6% vs. 34.3%). The reverse is true for male physicians, more were practice owners than employees (52.1% vs. 41.9%).

For more context read the story in HealthLeaders Media

Read the AMA discussion of the study



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