Nurse practitioners remedy
Your article about doctor burnout could have also covered viable options to address demand for health services. Stress on doctors is well documented. Shortages of doctors in rural areas create ongoing difficulties for communities. It is time to back a realistic alternative and support the education and employment of nurse practitioners. They are highly skilled, professional and undergo rigorous training and accreditation processes. They are bound by high ethical and medical standards and have a lot to offer. At one sixth of what it costs to educate a doctor, nurse practitioners are a viable and sensible alternative.
Debora Lee, Pt Chevalier.