Transition to Corporate Employment Decreases Physicians' Autonomy

After transition to corporate practice ownership, the personal and professional experience of the physician is called into question

  • For more than a decade, there is a trend of physicians leaving private practice in favor of employment by corporate-owned practices.
  • Most employed doctors reported that moving to corporate employment eroded clinical autonomy, with greater focus placed on financial incentives.
  • Interestingly, however, about 1 in 10 doctors reported that employment improved their relationship with patients.
  • Those who experienced improved patient relationships cited better care coordination and increased availability of ancillary support.


Physicians Advocacy Institute. The Impact of Practice Acquisitions and Employment on Physician Experience and Care Delivery. Accessed April 19, 2024.