According to a survey by The Physicians Foundation and Merritt Hawkins, 11.5% of all physicians plan to work as locum tenens within the next three years.
For physicians 45 and younger, this number goes slightly up to 12.8%. Both of these numbers are up from a similar study conducted in 2014.
However, this news is not surprising, considering in that same study, half of U.S. doctors said that they plan to retire, cut back on hours, take a non-clinical job, or switch to “concierge” medicine, aka locum tenens.
There are many reasons for this change in practice. Dissatisfaction with the current state of the medical practice environment is one of them.
Read more about this shift in medicine at Staffing Industry Analysts.