NPs and PAs are Joining Docs in Specialty Care
It’s no secret that a lot of doctors fresh out of medical school are going into subspecialties, which often means similar hours but higher pay than primary-care physicians, according to results from Physicians Practice‘s Physician Compensation and Great American Physician surveys. The Great American Physician survey revealed that most physicians — specialty or not — work between 41 hours and 60 hours per week. The Physician Compensation Survey indicated that 13 percent of specialty physicians earned more than $450,001 in annual income, whereas only 3.7 percent of primary-care doctors brought in that kind of income. The shortage of primary-care physicians will only worsen over time if this trend continues. Hence, physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) have been looked at by many — including HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration — as a potential way to solve this problem.
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