Allan Peck, MD. Gastroenterology specialist (Montgomery, Ohio): Physician compensation will continue to face downward pressures as the federal government becomes more involved with healthcare changes and hospitals increase their share of bundled payments and cost savings. Physicians will need to explore more ancillary opportunities and increase their strength through numbers to overcome the powerful forces of big government and hospital lobbies.
Amar Setty, MD. CEO of Patient Premier (Baltimore): Physician compensation trends are down slightly overall in 2021. COVID-19-related volume declines were offset by government payments. With increasing medical practice inflation, relative salaries are down compared to traditionally small annual increases. Personally, I’ve seen an increase in working hours combined with a lower annual salary. As physicians in the midst of a global pandemic with so much suffering, we continue to work hard and try to ignore our compensation.