Who Do You See When We Go To The Doctor
Wow, I am so darn busy all of a sudden. Does anyone else get this creep effect? It seems like January is the new December for health care in the US or maybe it is just me. As a manager of a health plan I always counted on two things. First plan costs would escalate to almost twice the monthly average in December and second, January despite being a month with 31 days would be one of the least costly months for the plan.
It seems like for me at least, December was a big month for health care appointments and now January is just as much if not more. This week in particular I have 4 appointments and one of them (the Dermatologist) is a major deal. My goodness how does this happen?
The thing is I seem to see more Nurse Practitioners (NP). Has anyone else had this experience? This week for example I have the four appointments and three are with NP’s. Before last year I hardly ever saw an NP except for my endocrinologist office where the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is also an NP. I suppose this is to be expected given what a NP can do (write prescriptions is the biggest thing) and the demands placed on doctors. I also think that NP’s are in high demand given the cost of health care. I speculate that a doctor’s office would rather hire an NP instead of paying a higher cost for a doctor? I think the answer is fairly obvious but I wanted to test the theory.
I first went to US News Money, a good place to find average salaries, job descriptions and projected demand for occupations in the US. This is not a regional look, but a broad picture look at occupations in the United States. I first…