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Physician associates 'unlikely to fill essential workforce gaps' in near future


I'ma PA in the US. I've worked as a GP and in Orthopedic specialty for 5 years and I would love to come work in the UK! There are some barriers to doing so: Finances: I'd like to say that helping people is enough but, with the equivalent of 160,000 pounds in student debt, that isn't a reality for me (this is a normal debt range for PA student debt in the US). While the NHS salary offerings are much lower than here, a decreased tax incentive could increase the possibility that we could afford to make the move. Acceptance: A recent article in The Pulse indicates that only 30% of UK MDs are willing to hire us. There isn't much WE can do about that but the coverage won't improve if we can't get hired and US PAs can't come over without a job offer. One other point to make. We have had PAs for more than 40 years. There are ~160k practicing mid-levels and ~85k are in GP. We still have a 90k shortage of providers. Rome was not built in a day.

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22 Jul 2016

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