There are many clinical professionals in the health care industry other than physicians, including:
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical therapists
The laws are generally clear on what these other professionals are allowed to do and what they cannot do.
- Who can prescribe drugs
- Who can perform specific procedures
However, in the broad discussion about health care costs, the issue of what various professionals can do becomes relevant:
- A shortage of physicians affects access and waiting times.
- The supply/ demand balance affects the cost of services- if there aren’t enough physicians, thay can raise their prices and there is no alternative.
- Physicians threaten to refuse Medicare patients if rates are cut, and even Medicare has no alternative.
So here is the question:
Should non-physicians be allowed to do more in the direct care of patients? What do you think? Please select one answer.