Private Practices Still Going Strong

AMA survey shows 60 percent of physicians in physician-owned practices

Although recent reports give the impression that hospital employment of physicians may soon result in the disappearance of the private-practice model, a 2012 survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) seems to indicate otherwise.

Nearly 15,000 physicians were asked to participate in the survey, and 3,466 (28 percent) completed it. The results indicate that although there has been a shift toward hospital employment, 53.2 percent of respondents were self-employed and a full 60 percent of respondents worked in practices that were wholly owned by physicians. Only 23 percent of respondents worked in practices that were at least partly owned by a hospital and another 5.6 percent were directly employed by a hospital.

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