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Doctors to lawmakers: Remember, people like us

National Journal, December 19, 2013

Family physicians have a message as Congress and state legislatures consider a range of policies that would squeeze doctors' pay: People still want their doctor in charge. There's a shortage of primary-care doctors in the U.S., and demand is about to surge because of the coverage expansion in the Affordable Care Act. As a result, many states are considering measures that would let nurses and nurse practitioners take on more responsibility. But the American Academy of Family Physicians says that's not the answer--and that patients won't like it, either.