New York doctors are calling on state officials to address burnout among healthcare professionals as hospitals and networks struggle with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in flu and RSV cases.
The Medical Society of the State of New York has identified factors contributing to burnout, including high liability insurance costs and authorization and claim requirements.
Last year, 62% of doctors reported suffering from burnout, up from 40% in 2018, and a separate report found that one in 10 physicians surveyed had considered or attempted suicide.
The Medical Society has identified legislation that could help alleviate issues for doctors, including ending “fail first” requirements for mental health medications and a measure to ensure qualified health plan claim review, both of which were vetoed by Governor Kathy Hochul.
Hospitals have also appealed to lawmakers for help as they approach financial breaking point in parts of Upstate New York.
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