April 17, 2024
Florida doctors' working lives and outlook

2019 Health Care Trends

Florida doctors' working lives and outlook

Some 59% of Florida physicians have negative feelings — somewhat or very — on the current state of the profession. Similarly, 67% are somewhat or very negative about the future. Some 41.4% report often feeling burned out or are burned out.

That said, if they had it to do over, 69% would be doctors again, though 53% would advise their kids and young people against it. All those Florida readings are more negative than the national average.

Physician search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins surveyed 461 Florida doctors as part of its 2018 national survey of 8,774 doctors for the non-profit Physicians Foundation in Columbia, S.C. The Florida results provide a snapshot of Florida doctors’ working lives and outlook. One takeaway: The existing electronic health record technology has a long way to go. 

The Working Life

54.7% — Share of doctors working 51 to 81 or more hours per week

71.3% — Share who report spending at least 15 hours per week on paperwork

83% — Share of doctors who see at least 30 patients per day in a hospital or office

25.6% — Doctors who say they’re overworked and overextended

51.3% — Doctors who say they’re at full capacity

23.1% — Doctors who say they want more patients

Best two things about the job are

73% — Patient relationships

61% — Intellectual stimulation

Worst two things

65% — Regulatory/paperwork burdens

38% — Liability concerns


44% — Percentage of doctors reporting their compensation is tied at least in part to performance on “quality” metrics

0-10% — Share of total compensation tied to such metrics

59.7% — Share who don’t believe value-based compensation will improve quality and cut costs


27.1% — Share of doctors reporting good relations with hospitals

49% — Share reporting negative and adversarial relations

64.5% — Share of doctors who disagree that hospital employment of doctors will improve quality of care and cut costs

Patient Care

75% — Share of doctors who believe that at least 40% of their patients don’t consistently follow the treatment plan

68.7% — Share of doctors reporting patient care is harmed a good deal or a great deal by external factors such as third-party insurer authorization, treatment protocols, electronic health record designs, etc.

Electronic records

23% — Improved care

42.7% — Detracted from care

22.9% — Improved efficiency

57.3% — Reduced efficiency

9.1% — Improved interaction with patients

47.1% — Detracted from interaction with patients

The future

In the next three years, doctors’ top four plans are (multiple choices were allowed):

54% — Carry on as is

23% — Cut back hours

16% — Retire

25% — Share of doctors who already do concierge medicine or plan to adopt it in full or in part

The best direction for U.S. health care

2.7% — Status quo

18.2% — Single-payer

36.8% — Two-tier system

35.2% — Market-driven system

7.2% — Other

10% — Share who say doctors can do a good deal or great deal to influence the U.S. health care system

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