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National Physicians' Study: Nearly One Third Would Choose Different Career Today

- Negotiated rates are main reason for doctors wanting to switch professions -

FLEMINGTON, N.J., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A new national study among 929 physicians revealed that 30% of doctors in the U.S. would choose a different profession if they could start over today. Physicians between the ages of 35-64 were the most likely to choose a different profession.

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The study was conducted by HCD Research during April 10-12, to obtain physicians' perceptions of health care reform and their choice of professions. To view detailed results go to:

Physicians cited negotiated rates and malpractice suits as their top two reasons for switching professions.

Among the findings:

"If you were to choose your profession again today, would you still choose to be a doctor?"

                             Ages      Ages      Ages      Ages     Ages
             Total          25-34     35-44     45-54     55-64      65+

    Yes       70%            100%       68%       70%       68%      90%
    No        30%              0%       32%       30%       32%      10%

"What factors contributed to this decision? Select all that apply."

                                    Ages     Ages     Ages      Ages    Ages
                          Total    25-34    35-44    45-54     55-64     65+

     law suits              70%        -      70%      69%       71%     80%
    Negotiated rates        72%        -      72%      72%       72%     80%
    Cannot cover costs      64%        -      60%      63%       67%     60%
    Other                   47%        -      54%      48%       39%     60%

The Media Curves web site provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans' perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.

HCD Research is a communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ. The company's services include traditional and web-based communications research. For additional information on HCD Research, access the company's web site at or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393.

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