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All the Pizza in the World (Can’t Make Up for the Abuse)

Daniel Paull MD explains why physician burnout can't be fixed by pizza parties or yoga sessions.

November 15, 2022

Physician burnout is always making the headlines.

Physicians are burning out at a high rate…. We are not going to have enough doctors left to treat everyone…

The Band-Aid solution that employers of physicians utilize is to work on physician wellness and resiliency.

Whether that’s pizza parties, yoga classes, or even pizza parties.

The problem with pizza parties is that they are great for celebrating something, but not so great on making up for systemic abuses that lead physicians to suicide.

I don’t think all of the pizza and banners in the world could help with that.

 

The problem with pizza parties is that they are great for celebrating something, but not so great on making up for systemic abuses that lead physicians to suicide. I don't think all of the pizza and banners in the world could help with… Click To Tweet

 

Physician burnout happens because of system issues that lead to physicians losing their autonomy for the sake of profit from the insurance companies and hospital systems.

Until physicians break away from those businesses we will keep having an unacceptably high rate of physician burnout.

Direct care removes insurance companies and hospital systems.

Naysayers will say that it doesn’t work, and they are of course wrong because it does work. Insurance and hospital lobbies try to say that is is not equitable, but it is far more equitable than the trickery and opaque billing that they use.

Things won’t change until physicians realize this and stop protecting the status quo in healthcare.

 

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