Survey Finds 20% of Clinicians are Considering Leaving Primary Care in Light of COVID-19

September 14, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified September 15, 2020

According to this recent survey by from the Larry A. Green Center and Primary Care Collaborative, the primary care industry is contracting in the face of financial challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey found that in August, 2% of practices closed while another 2% are considering bankruptcy.

The survey was conducted by the Larry A. Green Center, a research group in Richmond, Virginia, and collected 636 responses from doctors in 47 states. The survey is part of a series looking at the attitudes of primary care clinicians and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

One in 10 practices indicated they were uncertain of their solvency for the coming month. The survey also found 20% of clinicians said they were considering leaving primary care, and 13% said they were uncertain of their future in the profession.

It comes amid other indicators of financial concern for primary care over the last month, the survey found, including: 

  • 47% of clinicians saying they’ve had clinicians or staff out due to illness or self-quarantine
  • 21% have had layoffs or furloughs
  • 28% have had a 30% to 50% drop in fee-for-service revenue (46% have seen a similar drop in patient volume)
  • 24% have shut down pre-pandemic quality initiatives
  • 34% have cut services offered to patients
  • 34% have pulled back or cut educational training
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