KevinMD December 7, 2023
Arun Mohan, MD, MBA

Recently, roughly 400 primary care and urgent care physicians at Allina Health System voted to unionize. In doing so, they became the largest group of unionized private-sector physicians in the country. Their decision is indicative of a hard reality of American health care–physicians are burned out.

Research shows from 2021 to 2022, 63 percent of surveyed physicians experienced at least one symptom of burnout such as feeling exhausted or increased mental distance from work. This marks a steady rise from 46 percent in 2011. What’s equally concerning is that there has been a 30 percent decline in the number of physicians who expressed contentment with their work during that same period of time. These feelings have been shown to have...

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