4 things to know about ophthalmologist workload

Reimbursement, rules and regulations are some of the top challenges faced by ophthalmologists in 2019, according to Medscape.

Medscape's 2019 ophthalmologist compensation report dives into ophthalmologists' workload, including administrative burden and workplace challenges.

Key details:

1. Male ophthalmologists spend 40 hours a week seeing patients; female ophthalmologists spend 41 hours.

2. Thirty-seven percent of ophthalmologists spent 10 to 19 hours a week on paperwork and administration, while 15 percent spent 20 hours or more.

3. Female ophthalmologists spent 12 hours a week on paperwork and administrative chores , while male ophthalmologists spent 10 hours a week.

4. Twenty-six percent of ophthalmologists said difficulties getting fair reimbursement was the most challenging aspect of their job; 24 percent cited rules and regulations; while 17 percent cited difficult patients.

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