June 17, 2013

No Available MD? No Problem!

1 Patients’ First Priority: Prompt Treatment

A new study has found that 60 percent of those surveyed would prefer to be seen by a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant to get treatment for a worsening cough right away, rather than have to wait 24 hours to see an MD. The study was prompted by concern over the increasing shortage of physicians, estimated to hit a 90,000 shortfall by 2020, as nationwide health care becomes a reality and the U.S. population ages. A 2012 study indicated that 75 percent of patients would prefer waiting longer or paying more to see a physician, but it was conducted by the AMA, which represents MDs, while the newer one, conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, may be more objective. Eighteen states now allow nurse practitioners to treat patients without a doctor present.

More at Suntimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Nurse Practitioners, Physician Shortage, Physician's Assistants, Association of American Medical Colleges, Non-Doctors

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