Nurse Practitioners are the innovative solution to Canada’s health care woes – Evidence Network

A version of this commentary appeared in The Hill Times

It was recently national Nurse Practitioner Week, but you would be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Nurse Practitioners. Most Canadians haven’t — and most don’t know their value to our health care system.

You may be even more surprised to learn that Nurse Practitioners could be the innovative solution – or at least, a critical part of it — to Canada’s ongoing health care woes.

Traditional wisdom holds that Canada needs more doctors to ensure timely access to health services, yet the increase in the supply of doctors in Canada has outpaced Canada’s population growth for a decade. Still, every day we continue to hear stories about Canadians without access to a family doctor.

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