Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare

Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare

by Niran Al-Agba, Rebekah Bernard

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Overview

Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare exposes a vast conspiracy of political maneuvering and corporate greed that has led to the replacement of qualified medical professionals by lesser trained practitioners. As corporations seek to save money and government agencies aim to increase constituent access, minimum qualifications for the guardians of our nation's healthcare continue to decline-with deadly consequences. This is a story that has not yet been told, and one that has dangerous repercussions for all Americans.

With the rate of nurse practitioner and physician assistant graduates exceeding that of physician graduates, if you are not already being treated by a non-physician, chances are, you soon will be. While advocates for these professions insist that research shows that they can provide the same care as physicians, patients do not know the whole truth: that there are no credible scientific studies to support the safety and efficacy of non-physicians practicing without physician supervision.

Written by two physicians who have witnessed the decline of medical expertise over the last twenty years, this data-driven book interweaves heart-rending true patient stories with hard data, showing how patients have been sacrificed for profit by the substitution of non-physician practitioners. Adding a dimension neglected by modern healthcare critiques such as An American Sickness, this book provides a roadmap for patients to protect themselves from medical harm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627343169
Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
Publication date: 11/16/2020
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 1,351
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Dr. Al-Agba earned her medical degree at the University of Washington in 1999 and completed pediatric residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine/Denver Children's Hospital in 2002. She is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in Silverdale, Washington.

Dr. Bernard received her medical degree from the University of Miami in 1999 and completed her residency in family medicine at the Florida Hospital in Orlando in 2002. She is a family physician in private practice in Fort Myers, Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix

Chapter 1: Differences That Can Kill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Chapter 2: Is There a Nurse Practitioner in the House? . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Chapter 3: A Slippery Slope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Chapter 4: The Death of Medical Expertise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Chapter 5: Bait and Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Chapter 6: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Chapter 7: Fake It 'Til You Make It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Chapter 8: Knowledge is Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Appendix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

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