The issue is that we are doing the same exact visit with the same exact treatment plan. So why wouldn't we be eligible for the same pay? Well. Doctors say its because they have more education and training and that if we wanted to practice medicine that we should have gone to medical school.
My mindset is why does medical school have to be so long if NPs and PAs can do the same with less training? I think that the college system is antiquated and needs to be changed in order to help bring more family doctors out into practice. I think that NP practice has evolved out of sheer necessity and things aren't going back to the good old days.
Collaboration is still the name of the game but the actual collaborative agreement is fast becoming a thing of the past as each state passes independent practice in more and more states.
Doctors are screaming that we are going to hurt patients and that "you don't know what you don't know". That goes for doctors too. Brand new MDs can be just as much a risk if they don't understand their limitations as well. I am sure that there are some that will cross the line and make mistakes. That's what the legal system is for. As more cases come up, the malpractice rates will also.
NPs have less lawsuit activity. Why? Is it because we make less mistakes? Probably not, but patients have the perception that we care more and we are more human so we are more easily forgiven. Studies have shown that if you acknowledge your mistakes to patients that they will less likely sue a provider.
I am watching the issues closely as will. are thousands of others. What say you?