Being a self employed physician has it problems today, especially when any type of technology has not bee instituted. The fax machine rules the office for those still working primarily with paper. BD
(June 18, 2007) — One seldom hears physicians express satisfaction in the way medicine is practiced. Why? What has changed over the past 10 to 15 years? Doctors used to be self-employed. They worked for their patients and if they did a good job, they prospered. Now most physicians are employed. Yes, they have relatively more stable hours, but working for a system has its problems. Instead of a foreman in an industrial facility, physicians have medical directors determined to have work done in a cost-effective manner.
The costs of running a private office have escalated. In addition to computers, physicians face the endless production of the fax machine. This is complicated by the demands of insurance companies to justify what physicians routinely do in the office.