Medicine and Nursing are different. Education in one does not translate into expertise in the other. The explosion of online NP schools with near-100% acceptance rates should be contrasted against the rigorous, standardized education of a physician.
With the alphabet-soup of initials on many nametags, it’s hard to know who is treating you, and what those initials really mean regarding education type and level. We’re here to help clear the confusion.
Tests and referrals cost you more money, but make the hospitals a whole lot of money. Non-physician practitioners order more labs, imaging, and make more referrals than physicians. Seeing an actual physician could save you healthcare dollars.
Non-physician practitioners (NPPs: NPs and PAs) do not go to rural areas in any greater numbers than physicians do, yet NPPs use rural access as an argument for them to work independently of any physician. Rural citizens deserve the same level of healthcare as everyone else.
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