About one-third of U.S. physicians are expected to leave the practice of medicine in the next decade, which could cause problems as the majority of Baby Boomers turn 65, according to a new study.
Jackson Healthcare LLC, a health-care staffing company from Georgia, released data from a survey today showing that 34 percent of physicians plan to leave the health-care field because of financial and political reasons.
Even young physicians are expected to change fields, according to a release.
Richard Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare, said in the release that many doctors don't want to practice medicine during a period when the health-care system is being reformed.
He said overhead costs due to regulations and the burden of malpractice lawsuits are driving physicians away.
"For doctors, there is little reward in this era of high costs, high regulation," Jackson said.
The survey was conducted during April, before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.