Report: US Taxpayers Bear the Brunt of Health-Care Licensing Laws

 

100812-N-4044H-247 DILI, Timor-Leste (Aug. 12, 2010) Suzanne Harwood, a Latter-day Saints Charities volunteer nurse practitioner, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), examines a child during a Pacific Partnership medical civic action program event in Dili, Timor-Leste. Mercy is in Timor-Leste supporting Pacific Partnership 2010, the fifth in a series of annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance endeavors to strengthen regional partnerships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eddie Harrison/Released)

(From The PanAm Post)

If you are a Medicaid recipient in the United States, the cost of your medical care — absorbed by taxpayers — is being driven up by occupational-licensing requirements in the health-care industry.

According to a new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, licensing restrictions for physician assistants and nurse practitioners have significant consequences for Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as US taxpayers. The study, published on Tuesday, January 26, finds that prohibiting physician assistants from prescribing drugs to patients raises costs by more than 11 percent. The increase translates to approximately US$109 in additional expenses per beneficiary.

PAs and nurse practitioners should be able to prescribe medsEmpowering these professionals more is probably good for nearly everyone.

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