Monday, January 02, 2006

On What Physicians are For

Commenting on the similarly named posting, Patricia Keith of Ocala, Florida (with whom I share two above-average grandsons) suggests that some costly health services we receive might alternatively be available from sources that are less expensive and perhaps even superior.

Here’s what she has to say:

I wonder if the rise in the use of physician's assistants, nurse practitioners and midwives is merely a cost-cutting, time-saving measure or if it could be a response to our increasing understanding that many needs may appropriately be met by different levels of medical care? In my experience, professional and personal, people in these positions tend to educate as they treat, spending time teaching patients how to care for themselves.

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