a) Plaintiff was dependent of armed forces officer and was entitled to medical care on the base. The couple transferred bases and plaintiff’s medical records were also transferred.
b) She got sick and went to the base, where she saw a physician’s assistant (2 years of study; see patients and discuss with doctor; can’t generally write a prescription). Physician’s assistant treated her and she left.
c) Plaintiff got sick and sued the base–federal government (not the physician’s assistant or the doctor). Plaintiff claimed the physician did not properly supervise the physician’s assistant.
d) HELD: 2 years of study as physician assistant does not qualify as a substitute for a doctor with extensive training. Oversight requirement was not met and a random review of 10% of patients is not adequate supervision.
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