Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians Assistants should take half of the General Practitioners case load . . .
Nurses could safely take half of GPs' appointments, says thinktank
. . . robots should take the other half.
"Only one in three people who visit a GP surgery are ill enough to need to see a doctor and many of the remainder could talk to a practice nurse instead, a report claims.
Letting nurses deal with more ailments could free up enough GP time to allow them to offer patients appointments lasting up to 20 minutes, it concludes."
Robots should treat over the internet, and prescreen patients. Only those needing more care or diagnosis should be required to present at a medical office, and most of those should be seen by a NP or PA. The rest should simply be referred to the specialty they need.
This will free up the physicians to join concierge medical practices where worrywarts can, for a substantial monthly retainer, be guaranteed the right to waste a doctors time.
The rest of us will benefit from the reduced need to waste our time presenting at the doctors office, while receiving superior care.