I spent 27 years in private practice before retiring in 2007, and I’ve been working locum tenens with CompHealth about 6 years. In private practice, I enjoyed seeing the patients, but I hated running the business—dealing with insurance companies, employees, OSHA manuals, lab inspections—it just seemed like you really couldn’t focus on seeing patients, which was really why you became a physician.
Locum tenens really does help me; you get to travel, you get paid for doing something you enjoy, and you have no overhead. I get good assignments, I work where I want to in the part of the country I want to. CompHealth flies me there, puts me up in a nice place, gets me a rental car, and then they pay me, too. I don’t have to pay malpractice, employee benefits, rent, electricity, and all the other overhead expenses.