Well, I have been reading some of the blogs here in the blogosphere, and one theme seems to remain constant. That is, PA and NP bashing, on many of the physician blogs, not all of them mind you, but many. This concerns me, I am likely taking a leadership position within our national academy soon, and I am curious as the rationale behind this. So to all physicians reading:
1. HAVE you ever directly worked with and utilized a PA or NP?
2. IF yes, do you feel that the care they provide is substandard, and if so, HOW? and can you provide data to support that assertion?
3. If no, then I am wondering how you can objectively even comment on the situation.
Do you feel threatened by midlevel providers? Do you simply not like the concept? Do you feel that they provide bad care? NOTE IF YOU ANSWER YES, you MUST provide data/studies to support that.
I'm just trying to understand, cause the health system is on the verge of collapse, a recent survey of medical students indicated that only 2% plan on entering primary care. CMS reimbursements are dismal, and the largest generation in the history of our young country is on the verge of retirement.
So, if you want to eliminate midlevel providers, what would be your answer? How would you provide care to all those people?
Basically, I am pretty tired of reading all the bullsh*t PA bashing without a shred of credible data to back up those concerns. If you have studies and or data to show poor care, then let's see it......