I have long advocated allowing nurses to perform whatever services the market is willing to bear. What is happening under RomneyCare is different. People are turning to nurses because they can’t find a doctor who will see them:
Liz D’Alesio has opened a primary care office for adults in Milford, Mass. [She] has 10 new patients. She prescribes their medications, orders their labs, performs diagnostic testing and provides wellness advice.
But D’Alesio isn’t a doctor. She’s a nurse practitioner who, thanks to a law passed last year, was allowed to open her own practice in Hopedale to provide primary care services last month.
D’Alesio, who is certified in critical care, adult and women’s health, has been working as a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years and felt now was the time to strike out on her own and fill a need for local patients.
Locally, D’Alesio said the wait time to see a new primary care physician is upward of nine months.
Source: The MetroWest Daily News.