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If the U.S. Lacks Doctors, Can Nurses, Optometrists, and Pharmacists Take Their Place?
Health Leaders Media

If the Association of American Medical Colleges’ prediction comes true— that the nation’s physician shortage will grow from about 25,000 today to about 150,000 in 15 years—who will treat the millions more people who will have health coverage for the first time under health reform?

Some of this care is almost certain to come from non-physician providers expanding their education and scope of practice, a push that’s either a battle or a gentle nudge to a greater or lesser degree in every state and many medical professions nationwide.

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