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“Unbelievable” value of physician assistants not harnessed in Nova Scotia

PAs aren’t licensed in the province, forcing many of them to travel for work and cutting off a way to quickly improve access to health care here.

By Lyndsay Armstrong

Peter Thibeault, who’s been a physician assistant for more than 30 years, travels for weeks at a time to provide medical care at the remote Kirkland Lake Gold Mine, south of James Bay in northern Ontario. Thibeault lives in West St. Andrew’s, just outside of Stewiacke, and he would rather be working locally to provide care as a physician assistant, or PA, for those close to home...

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