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Nurse practitioners: A solution to America’s primary care crisis

Wednesday, September 2, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marty Buonato
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Nurse practitioners: A solution to America’s primary care crisis

The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world.   This article was particularly on point for NPAM

"Key Points

  • Despite decades of spending, tens of millions of Americans do not have adequate access to primary care (particularly in rural areas), a number that is projected to continue growing.
  • A large and growing body of research shows that the quality of care provided by nurse practitioners is as good and, in some cases, even better than the care provided by primary care physicians. But in many states, nurse practitioners are held back by laws that restrict their scope-of-practice.
  • Lawmakers, hospital administrators, health care systems, and others involved in assuring access to primary care should remove restrictions on nurse practitioners that limit their scope-of-practice, and physicians should work with nurse practitioners to build a workforce that is more responsive to communities’ health needs."

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