SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) So from reading the forum and from reading other info on the state of healthcare and all these new medical designations, for most people, I wonder what the point of becoming a doctor is? I mean apparently according to the government, we are the same as PA/NP/CRNA respectively. How does it make sense that these pseudo health professionals are getting paid the same that PCP's make, with about 1/2 the education? Why not have one or the other-if according to the gov docs are not needed, then why not eliminate primary care, etc? If the understanding that they truly are needed is reached then why do we have all these pseudo professionals? As a doctor, I can barely keep up with the new added designation every month, I cant even imagine what a patient feels. I really don't understand why the government just does not make a choice-either we have doctors and pay them accordingly, or we have these pseudo professionals. And if that is the case, how is it really cost cutting, when they are getting paid the same? Someone please shed light on this for me.