Median Compensation For Physicians Increased By Less Than Inflation Rate

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Median Compensation For Physicians

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Median compensation for U.S. primary care physicians increased by 2% to171,519 in 2006, compared with a 3.2% increase in the inflation rate,according to an annual survey released on Monday by the Medical Group Management Association, the Denver Rocky Mountain Newsreports. The survey, which included responses from 50,000 health careproviders, also found that median compensation for specialistsincreased by 1.7% to $322,259 in 2006.

William Jessee,president and CEO of MGMA, said, "Patients can expect to feel the pinchright along with practices as physicians in some specialties see morepatients each day for incongruous pay." Among nonphysician providers,median compensation for nurse practitioners increased by 4.5% to$73,480 in 2006, and median compensation for physician assistantsincreased by 4.7% to $79,104, the survey found (Davis, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 8/28).

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