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(The New York Times)   They make diagnoses, prescribe medications and order and perform diagnostic tests. And since they are reimbursed less than physicians, increasing the number of nurse practitioners could lower health care costs. Who could have a problem with that?   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, health care costs, primary care physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, study design, medications, medical practices, health cares  
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2013-06-28 11:12:50 AM  
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jjorsett: According to the article, NPs want to be paid the same, so where would the cost savings come from?

2013-06-28 01:43:05 PM  
1 vote:

The Stealth Hippopotamus: So in other words, this is madness?

No. This is Med-Express!

/kicks tSH into MRI machine
2013-06-28 01:11:25 PM  
1 vote:

Cavemankiwi: NuttierThanEver: 5 years more training.

5 years less doing.
2013-06-28 12:15:44 PM  
1 vote:

basemetal: I love these medical threads about as much as attorneys love reading all of the legal threads.  It's amusing how many people are medical experts.

You should spend time in a thread on CPR sometime. Fark has a large number of highly qualified resuscitation efforts who assure me of things like CPR is useless, and that you kill people doing it.
2013-06-28 12:10:08 PM  
1 vote:
I love these medical threads about as much as attorneys love reading all of the legal threads.  It's amusing how many people are medical experts.
2013-06-28 11:46:49 AM  
1 vote:

mysticcat: I'm a doctor.  I employ NPs and PAs.  They're good, but not anywhere near MD level.  They simply lack the fund of knowledge that MDs have.  They are very good at protocolized specific tasks.

Well I'm not a doctor. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
2013-06-28 11:22:15 AM  
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herdgirl72: I am currently an LPN working on being an RN-BSN(4 yr degree vs 2 yr) my father was a Family Practice doc. I would love to be an NP but starting in 2015 NPs will have to have their PHD instead of just a Master's Degree. I think this is a great idea...more education is key. Puts me out of the running but no biggie.
I work with PAs at "the home" and they do a good job with the docs coming in once a week.
On the lower nursing end the medical assistants are all that you see in doctors offices anymore. They are pushing out Lpns like me from those jobs. Why pay over 15 bucks an hour when you can pay someone less than 10 for the same type of job.
It's all about cost effectiveness.

Jesus Christ, how does any medical professional make less than 20 bucks an hour?  That's 40k/yr!  farking receptionists make 35k+.
2013-06-28 11:20:22 AM  
1 vote:
Why stop there? Why not let the receptionist make the diagnosis and prescribe the medication? Or the guy who cleans up all the medical waste?
2013-06-28 10:31:39 AM  
1 vote:
So in other words, this is madness?

/great now I can't get 300 out of my head
2013-06-28 09:55:38 AM  
1 vote:
Doesn't matter if you have a problem or not. This is how it has to play out. Why go though all the trouble and expense of becoming a doctor when the job market is looking for RN and Nurse Practitioners? True they have less training but people are proving again and again that price is more important than quality.

Which I think is madness, but hey I'm in the minority.
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