With a nationwide shortage of primary care physicians and a need for more cost effective, accessible, and high quality health care, nurse practitioners continue to take the lead in preventive and primary care, especially with underserved populations. Read a related article and watch the accompanying video clip here.
The NP quoted in the article and on the video says at one point that NPs are not replacing “primary care providers.” While I understand that she is trying to emphasize that NPs are not trying to replace physicians, NPs are one type of primary care provider and will continue to be so.
NPs will play a prominent role in the inevitable healthcare reforms of the current administration. It’s about time.