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Healthcare reform pushes new providers to the forefront
10.03.2011The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act is expected to inject millions of new patients into the healthcare system, even at a time when the country is experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians. In this new age of healthcare, experts say intermediary care providers could play a large role.
Physician's assistants are one profession that is expected to grow in demand as more people enter the healthcare system. Dr. Charles Foulks, chairman of the department of internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, told Tulsa World that these professionals play an important role in the ability of his practice to deliver high-quality care.
"They're absolutely invaluable as a partner," he told the news source. "I look at them as an extension of my practice."
Furthermore, urgent care facilities are widely expected to become a more popular destination for patients who do not want to wait for an appointment with a primary care physician. These locations are increasingly offering preventative treatments that cover more areas of health than immediate care formerly did. This makes urgent care a viable option for everyday treatment.
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