June 4, 2019

Estimating cost of physician burnout in the US

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

There is a substantial economic value for policy and organizational expenditures for physician burnout reduction programs, this study finds.

A conservative base-case model estimates that about $4.6 billion in costs is attributable to physician burnout each year in the US because of physician turnover and reduced clinical hours.

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On an organizational level, the annual economic cost of burnout is about $7,600 per employed physician each year.

These findings along with previous studies show that burnout can effectively be reduced with moderate levels of investment, the researchers say.


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