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90% of docs want more of a leadership role in hospitals

It seems doctors aren’t satisfied with the role they have in running hospitals. A new survey shows they want more of an executive role — among other things.

That’s just one of the findings of a new survey by PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute. The company asked more than 1,000 physicians nationwide how they view their role in hospital management —  and combined that data with interviews with hospital executives.

Some of the report’s other findings:

  • 38% of physicians who are considering hospital employment expect to be paid the same as they are now, and another 45% expect more compensation
  • most doctors agreed that half their compensation should be fixed, and the other half tied to meeting goals, such as quality of care, patient satisfaction and cost of care
  • some specialties sought more increases in compensation than others. Among those with the highest expectations were pediatrics, psychiatry and cardiology. Those with lower expectations were in general surgery, oncology and emergency medicine, and
  • 62% of doctors said that nationally accepted practice guidelines should be used to determine care; 30% preferred locally developed guidelines.

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