Equal pay for equal work?
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?
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.
By Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN