"It's probably time to reconsider the current medical-visit vernacular. These days, instead of "I'm going to the doctor for a checkup," it's more like: "I'm going to the nurse practitioner." Certainly, most of the doctor appointments I've had in recent years were with nurses. Not that I think that's a problem. I've never had an issue with nurse practitioners, or no more issues than I've had with doctors. (No matter the professional degree, you either have a great bedside manner or you don't.) And what's wrong with letting nurses deal with ear infections and the like, especially if they have more time than the doctor to sit down and listen?
Full disclosure: My daughter is studying to be a nurse, so I've got a lot to love about expanding professional opportunities for nurse practitioners.
-- Andrea Coombes, assistant Personal Finance editor"
This logic however is a bit flawed.
Primary-care doctor crunch offers no quick fix. MarketWatch.
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