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Doctors Continue To Flee Primary Care: Pediatricians Go Part-Time

The WSJ Blog posted recently that health care job postings are up and that the health care job market is “strong”.

According to the post, ”The business research group said that “advertised vacancies for healthcare practitioners or technical occupations outnumbered the unemployed looking for work in this field by almost 3 to 1,” citing November data.”

While it’s true that more job openings than job hunters is typically a good thing and indicates a robust job market, the WSJ Blog failed to recognize one important issue with the health care industry: in some areas of the health care sector, namely primary care, docs are leaving the field of medicine all together, and have been for at least a decade. So, it’s no wonder there are so many job openings…there’s no one around to fill them! Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Dr. Gwenn Is In*

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