When caring for others is your profession, personal wellness isn’t always a priority. Physician burnout takes a toll on patient care and medical practices nationwide. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine estimates the issue costs the American health care system roughly $4.6 billion a year. Local clinics are making an effort to protect their providers. “Burnout is real,” said Dr. Wayne Burgess, physician with The Villages Health who has practiced medicine for 31 years. “The impacts on quality of care, cost of care, and physician satisfaction are being recognized.” And that may be helping the rate decline overall.

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