Are physicians allowed to practice outside their contracts? 5 stats on moonlighting

Thirty-three percent of physicians are explicitly not allowed to practice outside of their respective employment agreements, according to 2023 data from online networking service Doximity.

The medical professional networking platform released its "2023 Physician Compensation Report," tracking trends in physician pay, demand and more nationwide. 

Here is how physicians answered the question, "Are you allowed to 'moonlight' or practice outside of your employment agreement?": 

  • No, explicitly not allowed: 33 percent
  • Yes, but with restrictions: 23 percent
  • Yes, I'm a free agent: 19 percent
  • It's complicated: 14 percent 
  • I'm self employed: 12 percent

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