(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 meds. Empowering these professionals more is probably good for nearly everyone.