Becker's Healthcare March 12, 2024
Patsy Newitt

Four anesthesiologists joined Becker’s to discuss how they expect the anesthesia provider shortage will disrupt care in the next five years.

Editor’s note: These responses were edited lightly for clarity and length.

Thomas Durick, MD. Anesthesiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus): As private equity firms keep buying up practices and making promises to hospital administrators they cannot keep (such as “We can reduce your costs by not having to pay a sustenance fee to an anesthesia group,” “We can staff all your operating suites fully,” or “We can recruit and retain better”), the art of private practice will go the way of the dinosaur. We will all become employees of whichever firm/company/entity offers us...

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