This week, two stories about the value of PAs appeared in powerhouse, media-agenda-setting publications The New York Times (NYT) and U.S. News & World Report.
This back-to-back major news coverage is the latest sign of the growing importance of PAs to America’s healthcare system.
Here are the highlights from both stories:
NYT: PAs critical to the future of healthcare
Overwhelmingly positive, the NYT feature touts PAs as one of the fastest-growing professions in the country and critical to the future of cost-effective, quality healthcare delivery in the U.S.
The NYT article quotes AAPA Secretary-Treasurer Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna RMT®, DFAAPA.
“The Cleveland Clinic, one of the largest medical centers in the country, employs about 400 P.A.s and has openings for 30 more. `When I started here 10 years ago we had about 50 P.A.s,’ said Josanne Pagel, executive director of physician assistant services. `P.A.s are critical for access to care.’”
U.S. News & World Report: 10 reasons to see a PA
U.S. News & World Report’s Lisa Esposito posted a slideshow Friday, Aug. 1, with 10 reasons to see a PA.
“More and more, PAs are becoming familiar players on the healthcare team. Don’t be thrown by the ‘assistant’ in their title. Physician assistants undergo intensive medical training and provide many of the same services as doctors,” she says in her opening remarks.
“You name me a medical specialty, and I’ll tell you a PA who’s in it,” says John McGinnity, MPS, PA-C, DFAAPA, president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, in the U.S. News article, adding flexibility is a key attribute of the PA.
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