Infographic: The Rising Cost of On-Call Physicians

Friday, July 11th, 2014
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Nearly twice as many physicians were paid for time devoted to being on-call this year than last — with some earning more than $1,000 per day, according to the Medical Group Management Association’s On-Call Survey: 2014 Report Based on 2013 Data, reflected in a new infographic.

More than 60 percent of physicians reported receiving a daily stipend for taking call, a stark contrast to last year, when only 35 percent did. Additionally, primary care physicians saw their median daily on-call compensation rate soar in the past year, up to $250 in 2013 from the $150 claimed in 2012. PCPs in the western geographic section of the United States reported making as much as $1,103 per day in on-call compensation.

Even physicians who were not monetarily rewarded for their on-call duties received some sort of benefit. Of the 37 percent of physicians who said they received no additional compensation for taking on-call coverage, 33 percent reported being rewarded with time off.

This infographic looks at on-call compensation by practice size and compensation methods.

The Rising Cost of On-Call Doctors

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