(CBS News) Do doctors make the big bucks? According to the latest annual survey from Medscape from WebMD, physicians across the board are earning less - and worrying more. Moreover, if they had a chance to start their careers all over again, 46 percent of doctors would not choose medicine, the report shows.
"Physicians' sense of worry may be greater than the reality, but it's understandable," Judy Aburmishan, a partner in FGMK, LLC in Chicago, a firm that represents physicians and other healthcare providers, told Medscape. "Hospitals are buying up private practices both in primary care and the specialties. The heavy-handed message they send out is that if you don't join us, you won't survive. There is great uncertainty and fear about what healthcare reform will mean for physicians once it's fully implemented."
Medscape surveyed 24,000 doctors from across 25 different medical specialties. The survey found wide pay differences, depending on the doctor's specialty - or gender. Female doctors make 40 percent less than male doctors.
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