According to a recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO), midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other non-M.D.s are just as good as doctors in the care that they deliver, if not a little bit better. The study also found that nurses are just as capable at delivering quality care to those having babies in addition to those suffering from infectious diseases, such as AIDs, and many other chronic diseases.
If you’re considering becoming a doctor, but are unsure about dedicating the time to become one, there may be another option. WHO suggests physicians groups should open their minds about including midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other non-M.D.s to their practices. An additional benefit is the shorter amount of time needed to become one compared to that of a doctor. With the United States suffering from a shortage of doctors, this is a great option for healthcare facilities across the nation.
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Midwives – Median Annual Wage – $89,600*
Nurse practitioners – Median Annual Wage – $89,960*
Physician assistants – Median Annual Wage – $90,930*
*All median annual wages are based on statistics from BLS.gov.