Originally Posted by Shoveler
As an EMT you cannot even write a prescription for what little medication we might have with us. Assuming of course that our drugs were provided by the US and therefore are under the authority of the DEA even here on Mars.
Sorry, but I think your background makes you a medical grunt. I'm not willing to go under the knife with an EMT at the helm.
I agree with your point on surgery, but I am pretty sure the ability to dispense care, including drugs, will be a lot more loose on a colony on Mars. Pretty much any qualified medical professional will almost be required to have the latitude to provide whatever health care they can provide in the kind of trauma situations we are likely to see.