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How to Choose the Right Primary Care Provider

May 10, 2021

From the nextavenue website

Most older adults remember when care was managed by a general practitioner. Things have changed a great deal in the last half century. Today’s versions of these doctors are referred to as primary medical doctors or primary care providers.   

Fifty years ago, half of all physicians were primary care physicians. Today over 75% are specialists. That imbalance has led to a shortage of primary doctors; as a result, new types of medical professionals have emerged to fill the gap. 

Many patients now receive care from physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These health care professionals are also called primary care providers.

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