All players including doctors, hospitals and insurance companies must be at the table to make our healthcare system more affordable, efficient, and accessible. Virginians deserve quality healthcare and accessibility no matter where they live. In order for our rural areas to receive quality care, I propose the following:
* Tap into the corpsman program of the military. These individuals have training and experience beyond many requirements for nurses and physician assistants. Once a corpsman leaves the military, he/she can take the nurses exam in Virginia and if they pass, they will be allowed to work in Virginia as a registered nurse.
* Encourage reimbursement for elderly citizens to remain at home instead of going to long-term care facilities. It is proven this saves money and the elderly, if properly taken care of, have a better quality of life and thrive more at home than being placed in a long-term care facility.