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Physician assistant David Wood, right, performs an exam on Joe Suttles at KVH Family Medicine in Ellensburg, Wash.

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The need for more medical providers: the ABCs of PAs and NPs

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners can see patients, prescribe medication and treat the majority of complaints or illnesses that people go to their doctor for. In Washington state, they are nearly or entirely independent of licensed physicians.

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