With a growing shortage of primary-care doctors, the U.S. needs to drop restrictions on nurses and nurse practitioners from working "to the full extent of their education and training," writes physician and medical journalist Celine Gounder. She cites the example provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, where nurse practitioners and physicians assistants provide nearly a third of primary care. As more states have adopted fuller scope-of-practice policies, the number of patients cared for by nurse practitioners has risen dramatically with good results.

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