When I was a kid, growing up in a medium-to-large sized city, our doctor ran his office with the help of two or three nurses and a receptionist. Fast forward a few decades, and I know of no doctor who has such a practice, by himself. My current family doctor, whom I am happy with, is part of a medical associates company that has about a dozen doctors. I see only him when I have an appointment. It isn’t a clinic in the strictest sense. But I am just wondering if anyone goes to a doctor who isn’t part of a larger group these days? Judging from my region of the country, one doctor to one office seems part of the past.
Related: Does anyone know if there is any incentive to join a group, if you are a new doctor, besides the money one? Have insurance companies forced this sort of "pooling" of doctors into companies?
You are right. I think the cost of liability insurance has forced this issue. But, I think this is better because this way, other doctors will cover for your doctor when he/she is away and they will have access to your files.