The physician as employee: Pros and cons

By Ian J. Alexander, MD

Are the scales tipping in favor of salaried providers?

These are troubling times for medical professionals. With wholesale changes in the U.S. healthcare system almost inevitable, it seems that providers—the true buyers of healthcare services and the largest beneficiary group in the current system—will eventually be targeted in any effort to control costs. The eventual dismantling of a system that rewards physicians for ordering more tests and doing more surgery seems unavoidable.

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