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Doctors' group supports Nurse Practitioners
December 13, 1994
These new Nurse Practitioners will work primarily in health care teams involving Physicians, Social Workers, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists, and Occupational Therapists. Nurse Practitioners will focus on providing basic clinical care, treatment, advice, and information. They will have special training that will allow them to identify, investigate and treat specific illnesses.
Strong evidence from well-designed and executed research studies supports Nurse Practitioners' effectiveness and efficiency in providing certain aspects of primary care. For a defined set of health problems Nurse Practitioners provide care equivalent to or better than Physicians and at less cost to the health care system.
Some individuals and groups have voiced concerns that in a time of limited budgets, the training of new health care providers may be imprudent. However, Nurse Practitioners will not bill OHIP (the Ontario Health Insurance Plan). Instead, they will be salaried health professionals working within a health care team.
The Ministry is recognizing the strength of the health care team in its initiative to train Nurse Practitioners. By creating an opportunity for Nurse Practitioners to enter the health care system, not in competition to, but in concert with doctors, The Medical Reform Group of Ontario sees the Nurse Practitioner initiative as an important step on the road to health care reform in Ontario.
Dr. Rosana Pellizzari
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