Patients should control health care, not doctors

April 19, 2010

Nurse practitioners who educated legislators, negotiated with MedChi and reached out to all stakeholders were happy with the outcome of legislation to reduce the administrative burden of a physician collaborative agreement. The lengthy form and approval process was eliminated and will be replaced with a written statement by each nurse practitioner on file at the Board of Nursing.

This highlights two things. First, public acceptance of the high quality, safe and cost effective care by nurse practitioners. Second, that physicians are not in charge of health care. Patients should be in charge of their health and health care.

Sandra Nettina

The writer is president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland.

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