8 Reasons Why America Needs PAs
The theme is “America Needs PA’s” and here are some interesting facts that explain why:
- In Idaho, more than 700 PA’s practice with 52 percent in primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics and OB/GYN), 22 percent in surgical subspecialties and just over 4 percent in emergency medicine.
- PA’s who practice hospice and palliative medicine bring unique skills and energy to the caregiving team.
- There are more than 93,000 PA’s practicing today in the U.S., with a projected 38 percent increase in need by 2022.
- In Idaho, about 33 percent of PA’s work in physician group and solo practices, about 26 percent are in hospital settings (just over 4 percent in emergency departments) and 12.5 percent are in certified rural health clinics.
- In Idaho, PA’s typically provide care for up to 70 patients each week. Of those patients, more than 27 percent are Medicare beneficiaries, 23 percent Medicaid, about 20 percent are uninsured and about 30 percent live in rural areas.
- Oregon has approximately 1,200 PA’s who practice in surgical subspecialties (nearly 38 percent), primary care settings (about 37 percent) and about 10 percent in internal medicine subspecialties.
- The “typical” Oregon PA sees up to 60 patients each week. Of those, about 31 percent are Medicare beneficiaries, 20 percent Medicaid, more than 14 percent are uninsured and nearly 21 percent live in rural areas.
- PAs work everywhere! They work in rural settings to major urban areas, in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals and in the armed forces.
At Heart ‘n Home, we celebrate PA’s every day, every time by recognizing and appreciating their contributions to the medical team. Please join us in acknowledging the hard work, compassion, and dedication of our Physician’s Assistants. Chances are a PA has cared for you or someone you love during a visit with your primary care physician or a hospital stay. If so, take a moment during National PA Week simply to say “thank you” (and maybe bring some cookies!).