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Sound Physicians puts non-physicians in charge of patients at Georgia hospital (midlevel.wtf)
6 points by rsi20100 4 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 5 comments

Will the actual outcomes be significantly worse? Will this lead to more affordability for actual people or this is simply a money grab? (Even if this is, if this works will this lead to lower costs across the market?)

At least the company has to think that they can win/handle any lawsuit that might arise due to decreased doctor-patient interaction, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

As a physician who is intricately familiar with the educational and training deficiencies of NPs and PAs, I certainly would not be comfortable having a midlevel provider as my primary, either in the hospital or outpatient. It's surely a money grab given the cost of employing a PA/NP versus a physician. As with everything in life you get what you pay for and surely one's own life is not worth cheaping out on.

As a fellow physician I agree with your statement completely.

And generally it isn't any more affordable for patients...here in the US you get the same insurance bill regardless of whether you get seen by a physician or not.

Should be a little cheaper if no physician directly sees the patient as midlevel's can't charge as much as physicians for most insurance companies.

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