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Reimagining Healthcare to Save Lives
COVID-19 exposed a tragic reality: America’s healthcare system – your healthcare system – is undermined by too much government bureaucracy and red tape that prevents doctors, nurses, and medical researchers from helping people.
Fortunately, we have a solution, a Personal Option. A Personal Option is a commonsense alternative to one-size-fits-all plans like “Medicare for All” or the “Public Option” that put the government in complete control of YOUR care. A Personal Option gives you the choice and control you want, the affordability you need, and the quality you deserve from the medical professionals you trust.
Physician Assistants (PAs) are trained to diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, and prescribe medications in various facilities, including hospitals, urgent care, and primary care settings. They develop this expertise by undergoing a rigorous education in master’s level courses and working 2,000 hours in clinical rotations in the fields that include emergency medicine and internal medicine.
When the pandemic struck, governors across the U.S. suspended burdensome laws and regulations that require physician assistants to practice under the supervision of a physician. In addition, Congress authorized physician assistants to deliver care to Medicare recipients without the need for physician supervision.
These reforms dramatically expanded the capacity of healthcare facilities to deliver essential care to infected patients. By removing these requirements, physician assistants could go to the communities and hospitals that needed their help the most. In addition, hospitals in those states now have enough staff to add new beds and even build temporary facilities to care for patients.
Unfortunately, Montana has yet to follow suit and remove these harmful barriers standing in the way of quality health care. But the time has come, and H.B. 313 will do just that!
Allowing PAs to provide for more patients made sense during the height of the pandemic, and it makes sense now for Montana.
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