In a recent post, I pointed you towards a very nice article by Jason deBruyn about controversies over the role of nurse practitioners in providing primary care. A recent study in the journal Health Affairs showed that when states loosen up their regulations over what nurse practitioners can do, the percent of people receiving primary care from such practitioners grows.
It’s important to note that the percentages still remain quite low. I don’t think physicians should feel incredibly threatened by this. The primary care needs of our country are growing faster than physicians can meet them. We are all in this together.