In the News

April 29, 2013

The Press-Enterprise

By Jim Miller

SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would let optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners perform medical tasks that now are the domain of doctors passed its first committee.

April 28, 2013

Editorial: Bills the right prescription for California's health care provider gap

LA Daily News


Starting next year, nearly 5 million uninsured Californians will suddenly have health coverage, due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Sounds great, right? But having insurance doesn't guarantee Californians can actually get care - not if there is a shortage of caregivers.

April 21, 2013

By The Times editorial board

April 17, 2013

By California Healthline
On Tuesday, California doctors announced a package of five bills that aim to address the state's physician shortage, the Sacramento Business Journal report. The bills were unveiled at the California Medical Association's annual legislative conference (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/16).

Background

April 16, 2013

By The Bakersfield Californian

Today, California needs 2,000 more doctors. Tomorrow, it will need even more than that. Additional medical schools will help, but they won't help fast enough.

What California needs is an expansion of the duties of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, optometrists and other health professionals.

April 12, 2013

Mercury News Editorial

April 12, 2013

California doesn't have enough primary care physicians. Forty-two of its 58 counties fall short of the federal government's most basic standard. The state needs another 2,000 doctors, and the situation will get dramatically worse next year -- even in Silicon Valley -- when between 2-4 million Californians obtain health insurance under Obamacare and go looking for a doctor.

April 4, 2013

By George Skelton
SACRAMENTO — Obamacare is supplying fresh ammunition for one of the oldest turf wars in Sacramento.

It pits doctors — represented by the politically powerful California Medical Assn. — defending their turf against other medical providers. They're nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists.

March 14, 2013

By: Judy Lin, Associated Press