A Snapshot of U.S. Physicians

"Physicians are the linchpins of the U.S. health care system because their clinical decisions affect how up to 90 percent of every health care dollar is spent." So begins Data Bulletin No. 35, the 2008 Health Tracking Study Physician Survey, from The Center for Studying Health System Change, dated September 2009. The survey covers a number of topics on physicians and their practices, including demographics, practice organization, career satisfaction, compensation, and distribution of physicians around the nation. "If policy makers are to guide the health care system toward greater value," HSC writes, "they need timely, credible information about physicians and their practice of medicine."   

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