Medscape July 31, 2020
Ken Terry

The rate of growth in inflation-adjusted compensation was higher for primary care physicians than for specialists during the period in which the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented, according to a study. 

The study, by Walter Hsiang, BS, a fourth-year medical student at Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues, was published online July 28 as a research letter in JAMA.  

From 2008 to 2017, specialist compensation increased by a weighted mean (SD) of 0.6% (1.2%) per year, from $378,600 to $399,300, whereas primary care compensation increased by 1.6% (2.2%) per year, from $214,100 to $247,300.

The average difference between primary care and specialist compensation declined during this period, from $164,500 in 2008 to $152,000 in 2017, or from 77% to 61%.