Will a Nursing Surplus Make Up for a Primary Care Physician Shortage?

I wrote not too long ago about a way to overcome the potential shortage of primary care physicians, the shortage some experts worry about because of the increased demand for primary care that will be created by Obamacare. I promoted the idea of primary care physicians teaming with allied healthcare professionals, so they can manage larger panels of patients.

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that recent increases in nursing school graduates may be available to help offer primary care to more patients. Look at the staggering increase in the number of people graduating with RN degrees over the past 30 years:

 

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