About the Problem

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors in the United States by 2020, which could seriously threaten patients’ access to medical care.


About the Policy

To both increase access to medical care and reduce costs, the federal government should use payment incentives or suggest best practices to accelerate the trend of nurse practitioners and other mid-level healthcare workers providing a wider scope of medical services, such as writing prescriptions.

Public Support

69% of All Polled
75% of Democrats
67% of Republicans
63% of Independents

Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%