With the arrival of 2016 and new healthcare laws, those with new plans are looking to save through primary care. A new study has shown that patients on Medicare may actually be coming out ahead when it comes to their primary care provider thanks to more nurse practitioners.
The study, conducted by researchers from Montana State University, Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and Mathematica Policy Research noted that patients with Medicare using a nurse practitioner as their primary care provider save more than those using traditional doctors.
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The report was the first to examine national data and contradicted previous beliefs that costs would be equal or that nurse practitioners would somehow cost more. Several states have expanded Medicare under the affordable care act and have helped propel demand for medical care to unseen levels. Given the current shortage of medical professionals, nurse practitioners have been able to help fill the gap in providers.
Researchers noted that factors like a different practice style, different settings and certain differences in health statuses between patients contribute to the difference in costs.
They also made note that nurse practitioners are uniquely placed to help provide care to younger, poorer or disabled patients with Medicare. Nurse practitioners can fill a vital gap when it comes to caring for more vulnerable patients in the current health care landscape.
As we move forward, it has become abundantly clear that professionals like nurse practitioners are desperately needed across the country to meet rapidly growing demands. Entering the profession now may not only benefit you, but people who need care the most.
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