Saturday, February 9, 2019

$3 billion is needed to address California’s doctor shortage, task force says

The most controversial proposal is a recommendation to allow nurse practitioners to work independently of doctors. California is one of 28 states that require nurse practitioners to work under a doctor’s oversight. The California Medical Assn., which represents doctors, has fought previous legislative efforts to expand nurse practitioners’ scope of practice and expressed concerns Monday about the current proposal.

“We continue to oppose efforts to lower standards of care to expand access,” said Janus Norman, senior vice president of governmental relations for the California Medical Assn. “Nurse practitioners, while hugely important to the healthcare delivery system and an integral part of medicine, do not have the same level of training and expertise, and we should be wary of creating a system that only allows those patients who can pay top dollar access to a fully trained and licensed physician.”