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Doctors strike.
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Some of our doctors have been going on strike recently, and I found this comment on the subject quite interesting.

A survey by George Washington University estimates 85% of a typical doctor's work can be done perfectly well by a "physicians assistant" with a fraction of the training or wages.

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That is why HMOs like Kaiser assign "Nurse Practioners" as the PCP for a large minority or perhaps a majority of their patients
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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(03-25-2016, 11:31 AM)Phill Wrote: Some of our doctors have been going on strike recently, and I found this comment on the subject quite interesting.

A survey by George Washington University estimates 85% of a typical doctor's work can be done perfectly well by a "physicians assistant" with a fraction of the training or wages.

If they're talking about the US, a PA (physician's assistant) here generally goes to a 2.5 year training program, as opposed to 4 years for an MD, and they also do post-graduate work (I don't know if it's called a residency or what, exactly.)

I have seen physician's assistants and have always found them to be good. A web search says their average salary in the US is $90-something k per year, so that is indeed a "bargain", compared to an MD.
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As you say GW, sounds like a bargain, not sure how the unions would handle it over here, likely to be blood on the streets.
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We are gradually starting to see a shortage in the (US) of full fledged Physicians. I feel that in the majority of cases that I am aware of, a (PA) Physician's Assistants or (NP) Nurse Practitioners are extremely confident. They certainly have a place in the medical field (and should be well paid) and if they feel that the subject is beyond their training, they will refer to the Physician .
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(03-25-2016, 11:31 AM)Phill Wrote: Some of our doctors have been going on strike recently, and I found this comment on the subject quite interesting.

A survey by George Washington University estimates 85% of a typical doctor's work can be done perfectly well by a "physicians assistant" with a fraction of the training or wages.

An average high school grad with a few week's training could do a better job of apnea testing, CPAP setup, and ongoing therapy adjustment than the current system does for most CPAP users. An important part of the training would be for the grad to know when to refer the data to a real doctor for further analysis.

Unfortunately, the medical mafia and doctor's union would never let it happen.
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Thanks for the interesting comments, though I am aware you have a totally different setup to us, the medical outcome for us the patient appears to vary from the good to abysmal, in much the same way ours does.
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