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Facing doc shortage, CA lawmakers want to redefine healthcare roles

Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2013
Facing a doctor shortage in California, state lawmakers want to fill the gap by redefining who can provide healthcare in the Golden State. As detailed in Sunday's Los Angeles Times, they are working on proposals that would allow physician assistants to treat more patients and nurse practitioners to set up independent practices. Pharmacists and optometrists could act as primary care providers, diagnosing and managing some chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and high-blood pressure.