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Are there more disadvantages, or advantages to working in a hospital, and what are they?

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Richard’s Answer

Hospital based physicians like me don't have to worry about the expenses of setting up an office with all of the resulting hassles such as hiring/firing staff, paying rent etc.

However we also work at the whim of hospital administrators who care more about profit than patient care sometimes. If I need new equipment in the interventional radiology suite, I need to make my case to bureaucrats who may not understand the technical aspects of the new device.
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Katrina’s Answer

There are a lot of things to thinkg about when entering the healthcare world as a physician, today there are more regulations and requirements then ever placed on them. With that said it is also important for me to acknowledge that hospitals have become a billion dollar business with this business comes some excellent perks:

1) Insurance

2) Networking

3) Retirement Planning

4) Job Stability

5) Support staff (HIM, Coders, schedulers, billing analysts, nurses, patient technicians, janitors...)

The largest disadvantage is that hospitals are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and they expect their employees to be available unless they are on vacation so that leads to quite a bit of time off being used for simple weekends off or needing to leave work early.

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Aimee’s Answer

I'm not a doctor but I work in a hospital laboratory. Some of this may not translate as well. To me one of the biggest advantages of hospital work is that I see a lot of different types of work on a daily basis. Cases are more challenging and I use my brain a lot to work through them. It keeps me on my toes. I think I'd lose a bit of that in a clinic setting

Otherwise I agree with the above. Hours, workload, and weekend/holiday schedules are less strenuous at clinics.
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