Op-Ed: System Must Rethink How Providers Work Together
While it is "long overdue" that many state governments, including California's, are considering new rules to expand the care that non-physicians can provide, "what is really needed is a fundamental rethinking of how we practice medicine, not who practices," Michael Wilkes, a professor of medicine at UC-Davis, writes in an opinion piece for the Sacramento Bee. Wilkes acknowledges some of the challenges that come with expanding such providers' purview, but argues, "The far more important question is whether we can use the Affordable Care Act to redesign health care delivery to create teams of doctors, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists and pharmacists who can work together to actually improve our health." Sacramento Bee.
- "Physician Shortage Raises Questions" (Wilkes, Sacramento Bee, 6/20).