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In the future, physician assistants like Jim Love could could be playing a bigger role in primary care.
August 27, 2010 Physician assistants, like Jim Love, and nurse practitioners can prescribe medicine, and many operate almost completely independently of physician supervision. And unlike physicians in primary care, the number of physician assistants and nurse practitioners is on the rise.
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August 26, 2010 Martin's Point in Portland, Maine, is among those around the country pioneering a concept called a "medical home." The idea is to make health care better and more efficient for both doctors and patients. And it may well help attract more doctors to primary care practice.
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Dr. Cathy Crute, who has her own practice in Maine, says she brings a personal touch to primary care.
Emilie Sommer for NPR
August 25, 2010 There's a catastrophic shortage of primary care doctors who provide basic health care. And the need is expected to grow as more people receive coverage under the new health law. Dr. Cathy Crute is one doctor who is holding on to her solo practice in Maine.
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August 26, 2010 Series Overview: Primary Care Under Pressure
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