Naturopathic Doctor vs Nurse Practitioner? As a real doctor (blend of Family and ER) I have problems with both of those career choices. Firstly, while naturopaths are trying to market themselves as primary care physicians, equivalent to family doctors, nothing could be further from the truth. While there are exceptions, the training of naturopaths is not equivalent to that of medical doctors, and incorporates a lot of non- scientific and pseudo- scientific nonsense. Naturopaths may offer reasonable advise about preventive health care, diet and exercise.. I have a problem with Nurse Practitioners as well. Why not just go into medical school and become a doctor?
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NP's are doctor wannabes. In my view, they basically skim off all the easy stuff.. Where I practice, doctors are paid on fee for service (see a patient, get paid a flat fee).. I can see. The NP are paid a salary.. NP's are not cost effective to the health care system. I regularly see the NP spend 3. MD's are far more efficient and a cost saver to the system.
Since nursing itself doesn't seem to appeal to you, and you seem prepared to spend more time educating yourself, why not just apply to medical school and get a real education.? EDIT Newsflash. #1."pre- med" courses doesn't make one a medical doctor, graduating medical school and completing a residency program does. The fact your refer to naturopaths taking classes in homeopathy shows you just don't get it. They are not doctors, they are quacks with some very basic knowledge of anatomy and chemistry. I wouldn't want a first year medical student treating me, and certainly not one who also believed in magic. Newflash #2.. medicine is a patient based care.
It's too bad you seem to be more about quick money, than patient care. Yes it takes a long time, and you get into debt going through med school, It is hard work, but the rewards are worth it in the end.
I have lots of nursing friends, and most of them prefer the constant interaction of hospital based patient care. They enjoy all those aspects and wouldn't want to be doctors. Nursing training of anatomy and disease is at a superficial level however, and I find lots of them do things by rote, and not with in depth understanding. I too know several NP and they are nice people, intelligent, knowledgeable and care about patients. Guess what.. ALL of us who choose healthcare actually care about patients, and want them to get better. I re- iterate that they are not a cost effective solution to the doctor shortage.
NP can only deal with minor medical problems, and they are very inefficient at doing it. They see far fewer patients than a GP would.
That's great if want your health system to pay for someone to spend 3. It's more cost effective to the system to train more GP, and not try and replace them with NP., IMHO.