March 26, 2013 (The News and Observer) You want a routine checkup. Or your throat is sore. It’s
probably nothing, but you’re concerned. Do you need a full-fledged MD
with all those certificates and perhaps a God complex?
Even if you
want to see a physician, there’s a shortage of family doctors these
days. And it will only get worse as the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
brings health coverage to 30 million more Americans. If you do have a
primary care doctor, it may be hard to get an appointment.
practitioner may be in your future – if he or she is not already in
your present. This is a kind of super nurse, who’s gone through four
years of nursing school plus at least two more years of training in
diagnosing and treating disease. Nurse practitioners may specialize in
women’s health, pediatrics or cardiac care.