Commentary: The underappreciated role of medical assistants
ModernHealthcare - 05/06/2016
The new heroes of American healthcare do not have medical degrees. Many have only high school diplomas and perform their jobs with an additional year or two of formal training. On average, they earn $30,000 to $40,000 annually. A large number have never worked in healthcare before. They work as employees, and almost all are female. They are the indispensable go-to workers of the new American healthcare system because they are inexpensive to use and can be plugged into many different workflows within a medical setting. They are medical assistants.