Delivering Health
Nurse Practitioners Cut Down on Waiting Times
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  • Andrew Allison

    First, the problem: TAI is conflating the 18.5 day average waiting time across five different specialities [sic] with the average
    wait time for a first time patient to see a family doctor.
    One conclusion which might be drawn from this dichotomy is that there are too many specialists and not enough family doctors. This, in turn might have something to do with the disproportionate compensation recently discussed here.
    We are not going to fix the healthcare disaster unless we start thing clearly about the issues and how to address them.
    That said, as WRM has (indirectly) pointed out in the past , most of what a family doctor does can be done equally well be a nurse practitioner, and nurse practitioners are much easier and less costly to produce than MDs. The issue is whether the MD guild will allow this to happen.

    • TommyTwo

      One might speculate that the proposals for empowering NPs are being used partly as a club to extract concessions from the “MD guild” that would result in a greater supply of doctors.

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