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Nurse Practitioners Are the Rx for Health Care

October 23, 1992

At a time when the medical profession has failed to provide basic health care to all Americans, the growth of nurse practitioners is a crucial step in the right direction.

There is a growing shortage of primary-care physicians (internal medicine, family practice and pediatricians), partly due to a flight into specialties. The motivation for becoming a specialist may be genuine interest, but the fact is that specialists make a great deal more money on the average than those in primary care.

If MDs insist on lifestyles that preclude basic health for all, then they must quit fighting nurse practitioners and alternative health practitioners.

FLOYD A. OLIVER

Los Angeles

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