If you need emergency medical care, will you be treated by a physician?
In our book, we discuss the case of Alexus Ochoa, a healthy 19 yr old woman who died when a nurse practitioner failed to properly diagnose her. What is particularly worrisome about this case is that when Alexus was taken to the emergency room by ambulance, the only medical practitioner working there was a nurse practitioner. Unfortunately, this situation is occurring in hospitals across the country. Physicians are being replaced by non-physician practitioners, and patients often have no idea.
Today we are joined by two emergency physicians who have become aware of this trend and are publicly speaking out about their concerns, Dr. Thomas Cook and Dr. Jason Adler.
Articles by Drs. Adler and Cook https://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2021/02000/After_the_Match__Boosting_Profits_Drives_NP.6.aspx