The last two visits I’ve made to the Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, those I accompanied saw a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor. Both times we were told a physician was “on call” but not in the facility. Just this past weekend, my Mom experienced the same exact thing. I guess I’m old fashioned enough to feel that if you go to an emergency room, you should see a doctor.
I understand there is a shortage of primary care physicians and that NPs (Nurse Practitioners) and PAs (Physician Assistants) are trained to provide excellent care. If I need to visit urgent care I don’t mind seeing a PA or a NP, but if I go to the emergency room — I WANT TO SEE A DOCTOR. Just as I understand a paralegal can answer my questions at my favorite attorney’s office, I expect my attorney would represent me in court. Isn’t my health more important?
That office or ER visit costs the same in our state no matter who sees you, and I don’t really agree with that either. I figure if the average salary is around $45 bucks an hour for a PA or NP, my cost should be adjusted accordingly if I don’t physically see the doctor or if consultation between the physician and PA/NP isn’t required. And, I wonder how this impacts the overall cost of insurance rates and more.
So tell me… am I just old fashioned or do you feel the same?
I guess these thoughts were spurred by the fact that I had a birthday last week and feel older than dirt. Because I am. But birthdays generate flowers and gifts and certainly beat the alternative…