Originally Posted by That One Guy
Well the thread is getting derailed but my thoughts:
I moved to Florida about a year and a half ago and I was so sick of the waits to see a doctor, I was ready to go off my medicine and say F it. The wife insisted we keep trying and I've now found a PA and I couldn't be happier with her. She's thorough, timely, and in a world where all they do is evaluate me and send me to a specialist (if needed) based on a flow chart, I've long wondered why the person needed to be an MD.
I sit in lecture halls all the time filled with 200+ people that want to become doctors but only a very small fraction ever will. Make the PA route more attractive by making them the first line of service in the medical industry and everyone wins. The only ones who would have an issue are the crybabies that think the worst MD is still better than the best PA.
I was ready to really talk about how we can get more medical students interested in being family doctors but yeah, it got hijacked because liberals refuse to believe their is anything wrong. I like having PA take over some stuff but it has some problems. One can we trust a PA to do what my family doctor did for my brother which was spot his luekemia really early. Even the doctors at the City Of Hope were impressed that he read those early symptonms and ordered tests that discovered his Leukemia. He went on to a marrow transplant and is a 12 yr survivor now.
So yes PA are needed, and can be used to help family doctors see more patients, but i still think you need a real MD overseeing them.