Ever have trouble finding a doctor who is taking new patients?
How often have you been told that your doctor isn’t available, but the nurse practitioner will see you?
These are just two scenarios that nurse practitioners, and some health policy experts, expect to play out more frequently as more people gain insurance under health reform.
And nurse practitioners say that for them to be best equipped to handled the demand for care, Virginia’s law governing how they practice must change.
You can read more about the debate over changing the law in my story today, but in short nurse practitioners want to change the law that requires them to be supervised by a doctor. They argue it is outdated and unnecessary.
Doctors, represented by the Medical Society of Virginia, however, think the law doesn’t need to change.
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