A physiatrist recently asked me whether it’s better to affiliate with a private practice or a hospital.  I think there are inherent advantages and disadvantages with each type affiliation.  Here are some of my thoughts:

Private Practice:
*  Smaller so is able to be more flexible and adaptable to health care changes
*  Better chance to have a more rewarding compensation with the potential of partnership
*  Smaller so it doesn’t have the capacity to provide a health care continuum to fit possible payor’s needs
*  Larger so may have a better handle on changing health care environment
*  Better benefits
*  The doctor may have less leverage as it’s doctor versus administration