When Obamacare begins in January, California is expected to have 7 million new patients who finally have access to the quality health care they deserve. There is a serious shortage of doctors to handle the influx.
State Sen. Ed Hernandez has proposed a package of bills to ease the shortage by allowing trained professionals, including optometrists, nurse practitioners and pharmacists, to help provide quality care.
Senate Bill 492 would allow doctors of optometry to treat patients directly and help fill the provider gap. As a doctor of optometry, I am often a gateway to health care for my patients. I urge our local Assembly members to allow me to use my training and tools to help provide quality care to Californians.
G. BARNARD WILSON