Letter to the Editor: Californians don’t have enough doctors…

Californians don’t have enough doctors. Here’s how to fix that by 2030, panel says (sacbee.com, Feb. 4): The article fails to mention a critical profession filling in healthcare gaps in the midst of nationwide physician shortages. Physician Assistants or PAs are referenced alongside with NPs throughout the California Future Health Workforce Commission report. With more than 11,500 PAs in the state of California, the profession is also ranked eighth on the list of the fastest growing jobs in California. Nationally, the profession is expected to grow by more than 37 percent from 2016-2026. As medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider—they should not be overlooked—especially in discussions regarding increasing a patient’s access to healthcare.