The Future Of Your Doctor's Office
As technology costs rise and billing and electronic records become more complicated, many doctors find it hard to afford the costs of remaining independent. Since 2000, the percentage of doctors running their own practice has dropped from 57 percent to 39 percent. Many practices are being absorbed by large health organizations or are developing new models, like consortiums, to share costs. Those who manage to stay independent often can only do so by charging patients directly rather than taking insurance. We speak with doctors and health care professionals about the future of the doctor's office.