Physician Burnout: Why Legal and Regulatory System May Need to Step In

July 9, 2019

(The Conversation) – In a forthcoming academic article, I argue that physician burnout is as much a legal problem as it is a medical one. Many laws and regulations protect the health and welfare of American workers. This is particularly true when public safety depends on those jobs. Regulations limit the work hours of air traffic controllers, pilots, flight attendants and other transportation workers so they are well rested on the job.  Likewise, physicians have safety-critical jobs because patients routinely put their lives in doctors’ hands. That’s why I believe policymakers must turn their attention to the needs of doctors.

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