Doctors, Engineers, & Paperwork
Since I’ve been so busy with work stuff lately it’s only appropriate I pop back on here and talk some more about work. Not my job, but doctors. Apparently many doctors would not choose medicine again. In the last year those who would still choose their career has dropped from 64% to 59%.
From the article the suspected reasons are anything from too much paperwork to not enough reimbursement from Medicare patients. I’m sure depending on your political swing you could try to make a compelling argument that it’s the “new healthcare laws” creating the bureaucracy to scare doctors away (or high taxes against those poor, poor doctors) or as stated bluntly in the article that the lack of a single payer healthcare system places the burden of care on patients’ and on doctors’ shoulders entirely.
The part that caught my attention was the complaint that “33% of doctors spend more than 10 hours a week on paperwork and administration.” Only 10 hours? I spend 10 hours in meetings. I probably spend 80% of my working hours on project management type of work rather than actual engineering.
I’m definitely sympathetic to doctors and the changing landscape that they’ve had to deal with. But in general doctors make quite a bit more than engineers, especially the specialists. One could argue that medical school being so many more years out than an engineer that that’s worth it. And it may be poor time management that we put these doctors to work with up to 10 hours a week of paperwork rather than actual caring for patients. But I can’t really feel sorry for them, I just blame the system and wonder why they aren’t trying to change it and fix it rather than letting politicians take the reigns. (Photo from rosmary)