Both physicians and nurses are crucial in ensuring that health services are provided to the people. The importance of these two groups of medical practitioners rests on their provision of services that are not similar in practice but complimentary in nature. That is, it is not possible for a physician or a nurse to provide all the services that a patient may be requiring during a treatment session. This paper discusses some of the issues that are related to health reforms with regard to health practitioners, hindrances, and benefits that are likely to be accrued from these reforms.
According to Greene (2011), 85% of nurse practitioners work in ambulatory and primary care services hence benefitting patients who require emergence services. In particular, nurses attend to patients who require pre-op and post-op services. On the other hand, physicians attend to critical patients who may need surgical services. However, Greene (2011) indicates that the shortage of primary health care practitioners in some regions has been because of poor policies in the sector coupled by poor payment models of health care practitioners. This culminates in dwindling productivity that discourages primary care practitioners.
Similarly, Anderson (2011) points to the lack of well-regulated system of policies to direct the area of service of both the nurses and physicians as the main impediment to the provision of services by health practitioners. As a result, nurses have a long-term vision of working independently while the policy holds it that they do not have relevant skills to handle some of the critical cases in health service. However, the new grant program will help in removing this educational barrier through exposing nurses to relevant skills that are hitherto not available to them.
According to Anderson (2011), health reforms are impeded by the policies and regulations that require hat different stakeholders in the health sector have to collaborate to change them. This requires a lot of time and therefore becomes a costly venture in the quest for reforms in health sector. Additionally, different training skills and knowledge between the nurses and physicians will continue to provide a huddle to health reforms.
The reforms will help in cutting down the cost of providing health services as it will ensure a harmonization of services through the increase of health services practitioners. Health reforms will also incorporate a system of policies that is friendly to the health practitioners and therefore give them a humble time to attend to the patients. However, health reforms are likely to bring up a crisis where some of the services previously provided by nurses are not attended to. Similarly, confusion over the duties and functions of the health practitioners may arise. It is thus the harmonization of education to health practitioners and the changing of policies which will help solve the problem.