Paper people cutouts Interventions to improve organizational culture, including interpersonal connections with colleagues and improved local leadership, can improve professional fulfillment and reduce burnout. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The pandemic is taking a heavy mental and emotional toll on the nation’s primary care physicians, leading to increased burnout and job turnover. That turnover is costing the health care industry nearly $1 billion a year, a new study found.

“Turnover of primary care physicians leads to an additional $979 million in annual excess health care costs across the U.S. population, with $260 million being attributable to burnout,” according to the American Medical Association.

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