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Three bills could bring broader medical practice
San Diego Union-Tribune

A trio of bills under consideration by the state Senate would allow nurse practitioners to see patients without supervision of doctors and would significantly expand the ability of optometrists and pharmacists to provide primary care to patients.

The bills are being promoted as a way to help increase treatment capacity at a time when federal health reform is poised to provide coverage to millions of currently uninsured Californians and some organizations have predicted a doctor shortage.