Trends in General Surgery Call Coverage
While cases where physician compensation benchmarks change rapidly from year to year certainly garner more attention, it can be insightful to examine when the opposite is true as well. Over the past 9 years of MD Ranger's physician contract benchmark reports, the call coverage rate for General Surgery has remained relatively stable amidst the broader trend of physician spending increases.
Over time, the general surgery rates have not sharply risen or fallen, across all percentiles. The 90th percentile benchmark rate has been $1500 for the last 6 years for General Surgery call coverage. While the benchmarks do change slightly year to year, none of the percentile rates have fluctuated by more than $100 between any two years since 2011.
Even with a relatively stable benchmark like General Surgery call, gradual trends can still change the rate given enough time. The 2018 median rate is up to $1000 per diem, which would have been at the 75th percentile back in MD Ranger's 2010 reports!