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Maine Voices: Rx for Maine’s primary-care shortage is nurse practitioners

In a MaineHealth presentation to the Cumberland County legislative delegation in January, it was made clear, as it is on Maine Medical Center’s website, that Maine continues to face a shortage of primary care providers per capita to deliver what the state needs for good health.

In both salary and education, according to the 2009 National Salary and Workplace Survey of Nurse Practitioners, family nurse practitioners made almost exactly half the average annual salary of a family practice physician, on average $86,520.

The New England Journal of Medicine reported in December that broadening the scope of the nurse practice is the fastest and least expensive way to address the primary care shortage.

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