Nine of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. When did it get this bad?
While depression amongst physicians is not new—a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation—the level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise.
Simply put, being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating undertaking. Indeed, many doctors feel that America has declared war on physicians—and both physicians and patients are the losers.
Reading this was very eye-opening, because I, like many Americans, assumed doctors were living the high life. And certainly some doctors are, but primary care doctors, our doctors, the ones we go to for our yearly checkups, our flu shots, and to fix our general ailments, these doctors are not faring so well.
We all need to be on the same page in order to fix the healthcare crisis in this country.