Demand for Nurse Practitioners to double in 2014
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Posted by: Melissa Moody
April 9, 2013 (Healthcare Global) With the introduction of Obama Care in the US in 2014, the health care
industry will have to double its current number of Nurse Practitioners
over the next ten to fifteen years to keep up with the demand of medical
Since Primary Care Physicians can barely keep up with the high demand
of patients now, imagine what it will be like next year when upwards of
30 million people will finally have access to health insurance under
Obama Care. The demand for quality health care professional will
significantly increase just to keep up with the number of new patients.
Dr. Wanda Filer, a Physician in York, Penn., and a board member of the
American Academy of Family Physicians says, "We need all hands on deck.
We need more family physicians. We need more primary care nurse
practitioners; we need more Physicians Assistants need pharmacists.
Everyone with a focus on the patient,”
The US is facing a desperate need for Primary Care Physicians. While it
is estimated that several thousand Primary Care Physicians are
practicing today, by 2050 that range is estimated to increase to over
52,000. Annual spending on primary care is approximately $200 billion.
It is no surprise that current Nurse Practitioners, Physician
Assistants, Pharmacists and others are stepping up to the plate to fill
the gaps in coverage. Should Primary Physicians be worried?
Rand Corporation Health Economist David Auerbach thinks that there is
good reason for Primary Care Doctors to be concerned. Nurse
Practitioners can treat 85 per cent of what a Primary Care Doctor can
treat. For powerful medical organizations like the Family Physicians and
the American Medical Association, all is not lost. Groups advocate that
providers should work together with the physician running the show.
"Currently there are 12 states with active legislation looking at
utilizing nurse practitioners at the top of their education to meet
patient care needs,” says Tay Kopanos with the American Association of