There is a way to achieve some savings in the Canadian health care system, claims a new report.
The Conference Board of Canada says by hiring more physician assistants and integrating them into health care teams, millions could be saved in efficiency gains.
In 2015, the health care system cost Canadians $219M, with physician services, hospitals and drugs making up 60% of the spending.
The report says the PAs could step in and complete more routine tasks, to free up the physicians’ time. The Board says if PAs are able to relieve more than 30% of physicians’ time in all areas, this could represent $620M in costs savings for the health care system
“Faced with increased demand for health services due to an aging population and a rise in chronic disease, governments are looking for ways to innovate and improve the performance and sustainability of the health care system. Integrating more physician assistants into health care teams could help alleviate the increase in demand, decrease wait times, and alleviate health workforce shortages.” – Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy, The Conference Board of Canada.