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Equal pay for equal work?

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Nurses are big winners in H.R. 3590, the healthcare reform bill President Obama recently signed into law — especially nurse-midwives, who will now receive 100 percent Medicare reimbursement.

Previously, nurse-midwives received only a fraction of the Medicare reimbursement obstetrician/gynecologists received for similar services.  If an OB/GYN received $100 for a service, a nurse-midwife performing the same service was paid just $65.

Under H.R. 3590, nurse-midwives and obstetrician/gynecologists will be reimbursed equally.  It’s a move nurses applaud — and one they help will set a precedent.   Currently, nurse practitioners (NPs) are paid 85 percent of what a primary physician receives for similar care.  With NPs set to take over a large part of the primary care load, many nurses think equal pay is overdue.

What do you think?

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Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN

Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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2 Responses to Equal pay for equal work?

  1. I agree with this, as well as LVN/LPN’s getting as much Recognition as RN’s, we do all the same work as them, and most LVN/LPN do more than RN’s because we do have more clinical Expirience than most RN’s, but we are treated as second rate. I do not believe thats fair.

  2. Veronica

    I agree with this article as well as Celia’s beautifully said comment-so true!