Your Doctor is Retiring. Here's How to Find a New Physician

More doctors are considering quitting due to burnout from the pandemic. If you must find a new physician, get recommendations from friends and review a potential replacement's qualifications.

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You've known your primary doctor longer than your best friend. She has been there through minor medical issues and larger health scares. And now, she is retiring.

It can feel like a real loss when a long-time physician -- whether your internist or a specialist who has helped you through an acute or chronic illness -- retires or simply decides to leave. That's likely to happen more in the coming years. Fifty-four percent of doctors surveyed by the recruitment company Jackson Physician Search say the pandemic prompted them to reconsider their job. Of those doctors, 21% are considering early retirement and 15% are thinking of leaving the field entirely. (Fifty percent said they were considering changing employers.)

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Alina Tugend is a long-time journalist who has worked in Southern California, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., London and New York. From 2005 to 2015, she wrote the biweekly Shortcuts column for The New York Times business section, which received the Best in Business Award for personal finance by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Times, The Atlantic, O, the Oprah Magazine, Family Circle and Inc. magazine. In 2011, Riverhead published Tugend's first book, Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong.