No offense, but I don't think you fully understand the prevalence of physician assistants in the medical profession.<quoted text>
Sure, it's OK if the office help want to take your weight and blood pressure, but then bring in the real physician.
Physician assistants are licensed to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians. They prevent and treat illness and injury and provide a wide range of health care services under the direction of a physician or surgeon.
PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications, counsel on preventive health care and may assist in surgery.
PAs must complete a total of 6 to 8 years of rigorous science based postsecondary education.
Many PA schools don't differentiate between PA students and medical students in the content of their education, and their classes are often taken together.
PAs just don't do the three years of residency physicians are required to do.
It's nurse practitioners who are practicing medicine that should worry you the most. They're as prevalent as physician assistants and do as much treating, diagnosing and dictating as a physician. They even look like a physician when they walk into a patient's room - white coat and all.
Sometimes when I'd transcribe some NPs and PAs dictations, I'd think to myself they must be grabbing anybody off the streets.
MDs are going to be even more scarce under Obamacare. They probably will be grabbing anybody off the streets.