Physician Assistants Play Role of Doctor

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 8:23 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 8:23 AM EDT


If you are treated at the doctor's office by a physician assistant, rather than an actual doctor, you're not alone. A special report in this week's Business First shows how physician assistants are doing more of the counseling and care that once handled only by doctors and nurses. The report says rising health-care costs and demand for services are the reason you may often see a PA now since they are a low cost alternative. By 2015, the nation is anticipated to be short nearly 30,000 primary-care providers. It's one of the fastest growing careers so college programs are on the rise locally. You can read more in this week's Business First.

The new "Explore You" exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Science is aimed at creating hands on learning about health and wellness, this is fun and interactive. It was created with corporate partner Independent Health and a list of other corporate supporters. A report in this week's Business First says it's the first of eight planned science studios over the next five years. The first two were funded in part by a $1 million Oishei grant. Total cost will be $1.8 million.

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