Independent physicians are less cynical than corporate providers — 9 survey findings

Seventy-one percent of independent physicians have experienced or witnessed cynicism, compared to 85 percent of physicians in corporate or hospital-owned settings, according to Geneia's Physician Misery Index.


Geneia surveyed 400 U.S. physicians in January 2015 and conducted a follow-up survey in July 2018. Fifty-one percent of respondents practiced at a physician-owned or independent practice, and 43 percent practiced in a hospital or corporate-owned setting. Six percent practice in another type of ownership model.

How physicians responded:

Experience or witness cynicism

1. All physicians: 78 percent
2. Corporate: 85 percent
3. Independent: 71 percent

Experience or witness lower empathy for patients

4. All physicians: 64 percent
5. Corporate: 72 percent
6. Independent: 57 percent

Experience or witness departure from clinical practice

7. All physicians: 45 percent
8. Corporate: 52 percent
9. Independent: 40 percent

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