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Proponents of independent non-physician practice make a dangerous assumption

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Proponents of independent non-physician practice make a dangerous assumption

"Most Americans have remained dangerously unaware of this revolution in health care. Being treated by a non-physician is not on the radar of the average patient, most of whom assume…
December 12, 2020

Proponents of independent non-physician practice make a dangerous assumption

“Most Americans have remained dangerously unaware of this revolution in health care. Being treated by a non-physician is not on the radar of the average patient, most of whom assume that anyone in a white coat is a physician. If patients do wonder about being treated by a non-physician, they are reassured that their nurse practitioner or physician assistant is “just as good” as a doctor, an idea reinforced by multi-million-dollar direct-to-patient advertising campaigns. But is care by nurse practitioners and physician assistants really as good as that of physicians?”

Rebekah Bernard is a family physician. She is the co-author of Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare. (https://amzn.to/2UIhL9H)

She shares her story and discusses the article that she co-authored, “Proponents of independent non-physician practice make a dangerous assumption.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/11/proponents-of-independent-non-physician-practice-make-a-dangerous-assumption.html)

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