How can you tell if your doctor’s health is good?
We know that a good doctor can be pretty good at treating patients, but how can you really tell?
There’s an important distinction to be made between good and great doctors, and you should know how to spot them.
Here are seven things to know about how to tell when your physician is on the mend.1.
His health is improving The good news: the average age of doctors in the U.S. has declined, and it’s only getting worse.
According to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average time doctors spend in the hospital has decreased from 25 years in 1989 to 24 years in 2018.2.
He is performing wellThe bad news: in 2018, only about one in four doctors reported a decline in their ability to perform well, according to the Kaiser report.
This was largely because they were performing poorly when the problem was first diagnosed.3.
His medical problems are minorIn 2018, fewer than half of doctors reported being unable to perform the following tests, according the Kaiser study: a cardiac pacemaker; a catheter in the bladder; a lung transplant; a blood transfusion; a liver transplant; an MRI; a CT scan; a skin biopsy; a procedure requiring special equipment; and a surgery requiring surgery.4.
His workload is lower than usualIn 2018 , fewer than 5% of doctors said they were doing more than 150 hours of work per week, according, to the report.5.
His salary is much lower than averageIn 2018: median salary of $79,826 for primary care physicians; $72,527 for orthopedic surgeons; and $61,814 for pediatricians.6.
His annual medical expenses are much lowerthan averageIn 2017, average annual medical costs for primary health care doctors were $6,068 per year, according Kaiser.7.
His work is in progressThe good news?
This year, nearly 70% of primary care doctors reported that their workload was at least somewhat in progress, according.
And the number of doctors who reported that they were able to perform their duties was at or above 90% in 2018 according to Kaiser.8.
He has an impressive number of patients in his careAs of June 2018, nearly 40% of all primary care and orthopedical surgeries were performed by primary care specialists, according in a new study from Kaiser Family.9.
He’s on the short list of best-paid physiciansIn 2018; there were more than 11,000 physicians who earned at least $100,000 per year (including a $100 million salary for a family of four), according to data from the National Association of Medical Colleges.10.
He spends less on administrative costs than other primary care medical specialistsIn 2018 there were almost 10,000 administrative costs that were reported by primary health physicians to be above $1 million per year.
The average cost of this category was $9,200 per year for primary physicians, according a new Kaiser report from 2016.11.
His costs are lower than for other specialistsThe bad: there were about 11,700 primary health physician salaries reported by the Kaiser survey to be less than $100 and $150,000 respectively.
The lowest salary for an orthopedist was $73,500, and the lowest for a pediatrician was $67,600.12.
He does more routine care than other specialists in his practiceThe good: about half of primary health doctors reported performing more routine activities than other doctors.
This includes performing the following activities: x-rays, surgery, diagnostics, and more.13.
His expenses are lowerthan other specialistsIn 2017: the median annual expenses for primary medical specialists was $3,632 for orthopaedic surgeons, $3.632 per orthopedian for pediatrician, and $3 per pediatrician for specialists.14.
His patients are less likely to need expensive tests than other physiciansThe bad.
In 2017, just 11% of patients requiring tests from primary health providers had to pay more than $2,000.
In 2018, that number increased to 20%.15.
He uses more devices than other medical professionalsThe good.
The median cost of a chest x-ray was $1,639, and nearly all of these devices were in the form of a magnetic resonance imaging machine.16.
His doctors work more hours than other health professionalsThe bad, but good.
About 60% of orthopedists reported working more than 80 hours per week compared to only 40% who reported working less than 30 hours per month, according an analysis from Kaiser.17.
His patient population is lowerthan the national averageThe badBut good.
There were more orthopedics per capita than other categories of patients.
For example, a doctor in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Philadelphia had more than 3,300 patients, versus 1,800 in