The Utilization of physician's assistants in geographically remote areas

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  • Paper presented on June 17, 1972 by John R. Ball, MD, JD, director of legal affairs, Duke University Physician's Associate Program, at the American Medical Association Symposium on Distribution of Health Manpower, San Francisco. The paper discusses the misdistribution of health care providers, especially in remote sites and how physician's assistants might be used to help extend services to these sites. The paper provides background information about the development of the PA concept and discusses the legal ramifications of placing PAs in remote sites and issues with "supervision" clauses being written into state enabling legislation. The author concludes that "a too rigid definition of supervision by the courts, legislatures, or boards of medical examiners would tend to dilute the effectiveness of the utilization of physician's assistants."
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