Their education is far less expensive although there is a nearly 20 year long projected shortage of physician assistants the rate at which new pas are being licensed is increasing annually as new pa programs are established even better the new health care reform law provides money for new physician assistant training programs the end result. The three physician assistants are already helping to fill the many holes in the us health care system providing tests counseling and other basic care when a doctor is unavailable. Physicians can no longer do everything so the well trained and highly functioning pas are now key members of the interdisciplinary health care teams each team member is critical to the safety and positive outcome of the patient a crucial component to the success of the affordable care act aca is a safety centered health care environment. The new us healthcare reform act is applying even more emphasis on the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants two types of organizations the government is promoting under the act will impact the physician assistant marketplace and their compensation one of the new team work models under the patient protection and affordable . Recognition as primary care health providers this has always been a difficult proposition for the pa profession due to our unique relationship with our physician partners we were seen as included in healthcare reform when in fact we were not uniquely identified as one of the three direct patient care providers
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