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More nurses providing primary care where MDs in short supply

By Reuters  
   January 09, 2019

A growing number of nurse practitioners are providing primary care in rural and low-income U.S. communities where the physician workforce is shrinking, a new study suggests. Nationwide, primary care doctors outnumber nurse practitioners (NPs) by a wide margin, with almost 244,000 physicians in this field as of 2016 compared with about 123,000 NPs in primary care.

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