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Primary Care Physician Projections to 2025 (HRSA, Nov. 2016)

Federal agency Health Resources and Services Administration report projects the adequacy of supply of primary care practitioners to the year 2025. The projected physician shortage in primary care of nearly 24,000 doctors by 2025 can be offset and covered by full deployment of available Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants. The report identifies studies show that NPs can manage 80 to 90 percent of care provided by primary care physicians such as, take medical histories, conduct exams, order and interpret tests, develop treatment plans, and provide preventive care.

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