Could physician assistants relieve pressure on N.L.’s strained health-care system? – CBC

Health department examining role physician assistants could play

Aug 08, 2022

A physician assistant in Manitoba would like to see Newfoundland and Labrador regulate the profession so she and her fiancé — who are both healthcare workers — could possibly move to the province.

Kathleen Abreo and her partner Dr. Travis Barron seriously considered moving to Newfoundland and Labrador to be closer to Barron’s family in Torbay.

The couple scrapped the plan when they discovered Abreo wouldn’t be able to work as a physician assistant and because Barron said he would have to take a 40 to 60 per cent pay cut to work in the province as a doctor.

“We had emailed around and actually found out that because we’re not recognized, physician assistants aren’t recognized in the Health Professions Act, I wouldn’t be able to do anything that’s construed as medicine,” she said.

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