Not sure if I agree. If they really hated it that much they would just retire early/ find a nonclinical job IF they had so much stashed away working doesn't matter. Actually, I would say if that was true you would see A LOT more vocalization from physicians against the "system". What fear would there be then if one is FI already. You definetly don't see that. Or if you are set financially why not see more docs go on their own alone or with others to start practicing how they want. If it didn't work out the worst is you retire. No bid deal there.goodenyou wrote:Most physicians I know will agree that they are trying to achieve financial independence from a profession that is broken. The changes in healthcare, the costs of education and the overall attitude of the public about healthcare has soured many physicians on the profession. When you are financially independent, changes to the system may bother you less because you have the ability to quit anytime. Staring down $300-400k worth of loans as a young person just starting out in a system that is broken is an entirely different reality. Many older docs are running out the clock and taking pay cuts for not participating in many of the Medicare regs. They would rather take a pay cut than deal with the aggravation because they can afford to take a pay cut.
SO (a big SO) if they are expecting to work for a LONG TIME no matter on their wealth accumulation or hitting their number then why don't they do a better job of achieving a better work/ life balance earlier in their career instead of just trying to bulldoze their way to an end result where they just keep working for the same system they complain about?
I am not a mental health expert, but assume one would probably advocate cutting down on hours and working less to spend more time on yourself if you are trully stressed at work. I can't see anyone saying it is healthy to just try to bulldoze through it.
All I can say on the matter is if doctors true goal of amassing hugh wealth is to get out of medicine then why don't we so more doing it. Even on this thread you have MANY who have the $$$, but openly admit, "Well I see cutting back to 50%" for example. Those 2 don't go together.