But, if the reimbursement rates and salaries are mandated to be the same, what is the benefit to the corporation? All things equal, who wouldn't rather have a physician?They don't just replace a physician with a mid-level
They need a physician to take the fall.
Just the ratio of mid-level to Physician will increase
Parity only works in locations where the provider shortage is so severe that you need the bodies. The move to mid-levels is driven by the fact that the gross margins on them (what practices bill for them less what they pay them) is greater than for physicians. Not by anyone saying they are better trained, better educated, or just plain better than physicians.