I am a physician who practices in the U.S. as well, and I mirror your sentiment.
Things have really gone from bad to worse in the last five years. The number of patients we each have to see has dramatically increased, and the level of staffing is either the same as or worse than five years ago. Certainly staffing is worse than ten years ago.
I'm hoping that more money gets put into the system for physician extenders and that society as a whole realizes that the extenders are 'good enough' for the vast majority of patients. (Knock on wood, I'm relatively healthy. My primary care physician is actually a nurse practitioner. The only reason his supervising physician even knows I exist is that he refers a lot of patients to me -- I'm a cardiologist.)
As a physician, I've become exhausted over the past few years. I think you're going to see a lot more physicians take earlier retirement or dramatically cut back hours or something. The stresses are horrible at this point.
Another outlet for physicians is to stop going to hospitals and extricate themselves from the hospital-employed model. But that's going to be impossible, as reimbursement for private physicians has dramatically dropped. We need the economics of scale a hospital can bring in order to stay solvent.