Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare exposes a vast conspiracy of political maneuvering and corporate greed that has led to the replacement of qualified medical professionals by lesser trained practitioners. As corporations seek to save money and government agencies aim to increase constituent access, minimum qualifications for the guardians of our nation’s healthcare continue to decline—with deadly consequences. This is a story that has not yet been told, and one that has dangerous repercussions for all Americans.
With the rate of nurse practitioner and physician assistant graduates exceeding that of physician graduates, if you are not already being treated by a non-physician, chances are, you soon will be. While advocates for these professions insist that research shows that they can provide the same care as physicians, patients do not know the whole truth: that there are no credible scientific studies to support the safety and efficacy of non-physicians practicing without physician supervision.
Written by two physicians who have witnessed the decline of medical expertise over the last twenty years, this data-driven book interweaves heart-rending true patient stories with hard data, showing how patients have been sacrificed for profit by the substitution of non-physician practitioners. Adding a dimension neglected by modern healthcare critiques such as An American Sickness, this book provides a roadmap for patients to protect themselves from medical harm.
Wake Up Call
This book should be a wake up call for physicians and patients. Our healthcare system is like no other first world country. We are making it harder and harder for physicians to practice and care for patients while making it easier and easier for undertrained non-physicians to practice independently.
If you found out your pilot wasn’t available, but the flight attendant who had taken some online courses and had watched the pilot fly for a few months was going to fly the plane, would you still get on? I bet the answer is no, but that’s exactly what we do every time we let a nurse practitioner or PA treat us.
We need to take back control of our health and demand our leaders get us more doctors, not replace them with people who have less hands on training than a dog groomer at Petsmart.