A new study shows that after two weeks of intense training and practice a medical doctor can surgically repair a hernia just as well as a surgeon. Will this bring cost savings?
A recent report on a pilot program to increase the availability of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses underscores the current anti-doctor climate in healthcare. Under-valuing physicians, and replacing them with substandard care, ultimately places the patient at risk. And that, my friends, is unethical.
New titles like “clinician,” “advanced practitioner” or “provider” are masking a stark reality. People will be able to practice medicine without ever attending medical school, performing rigorous residencies or be comprehensively and extensively trained as physicians. It's a frightening – and very real – trend.