http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,104436.shtml How long before the nursing lobby pushes a bill thru Congress that mandates that Medicare pays the same amount to NPs as doctors per procedure? Another thing to consider: more "providers" sticking their finger into the funding pie means less pie for everybody. Next teh acupuncturists, physical therapists, chiropractors will stick their grubby fingers into the pie. Remember guys, docs get paid out of the same pool of money as the rest of these frauds. Funding for NPs, chiros, etc = less money for docs.