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ABC News: Hey, This Doctor Shortage Could "Crash" Obamacare

Evelyn116 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 8:20 AM
As a nurse for 34 years, I can tell you that nurse practitioners and physician's assistants are NO substitute for a doctor.
Anonymous11565 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 5:50 PM
As a advanced nurse practitioner, I agree with one exception. Nurse Anesthetists. Anesthesiologists are some of the worst physicians in the country. But all the studies, both blind and retrospective have shown NO difference in outcomes between the groups. So with that exception noted, you are correct.
Galenical Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 9:26 AM
From a pharmacist for 30 years, I can attest that you are absolutely correct. I cannot count the times I had to contact a supervising physician to correct improper, dangerous prescriptions written by those PA's and NP's. They have their place in medical care, but they must be VERY closely supervised by a physician.

Just in case the unaffordable price tag and rising costs don't quite do the trick, America's spiraling dearth of doctors will contribute heavily to the collapse of our re-engineered health care system, according to a new study:
 

The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found. The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act -- a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans. "The health care...