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A Nurse May Soon Be Your Doctor

April 13, 2010 12 comments

 

“28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners”

“And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called “Doctor.”

“Medicare, which sets the pace for payments by private insurance, pays nurse practitioners 85 percent of what it pays doctors”

“The health care overhaul law gave nurse midwives, a type of advanced practice nurse, a Medicare raise to 100 percent of what obstetrician-gynecologists make — and that may be just the beginning.”

“The American Nurses Association hopes the 100 percent Medicare parity for nurse midwives will be extended to other nurses with advanced degrees.”

“I don’t think patients are ever confused. People are not stupid,” said Linda Roemer, a nurse practitioner in Sedona, Ariz., who uses “Dr. Roemer” as part of her e-mail address. ”

And my response to all this:  Why even bother going to medical school anymore?”

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