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April 16, 2013

By The Bakersfield Californian

Today, California needs 2,000 more doctors. Tomorrow, it will need even more than that. Additional medical schools will help, but they won't help fast enough.

What California needs is an expansion of the duties of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, optometrists and other health professionals.

April 12, 2013

Mercury News Editorial

April 12, 2013

California doesn't have enough primary care physicians. Forty-two of its 58 counties fall short of the federal government's most basic standard. The state needs another 2,000 doctors, and the situation will get dramatically worse next year -- even in Silicon Valley -- when between 2-4 million Californians obtain health insurance under Obamacare and go looking for a doctor.

April 4, 2013

By George Skelton
SACRAMENTO — Obamacare is supplying fresh ammunition for one of the oldest turf wars in Sacramento.

It pits doctors — represented by the politically powerful California Medical Assn. — defending their turf against other medical providers. They're nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists.

March 14, 2013

By: Judy Lin, Associated Press

March 14, 2013

There's wide agreement that the bottleneck in California health care -- too many patients and too few doctors -- could get much worse with the implementation of federal changes.
But expect some Capitol clashes this spring on one idea to ease that congestion: allow more patient care to be done by health professionals who aren't physicians.

March 14, 2013

The Sacramento Bee

by: Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau
Citing a need for more medical professionals able to treat patients who will soon have health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, state Sen. Ed Hernandez on Wednesday introduced a package of bills to expand the services that optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners can offer patients.

March 13, 2013

By  Pauline Bartolone

A California lawmaker proposes to allow some healthcare workers to expand their range of services in order to meet the new demand for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
Democratic State Senator Ed Hernandez says there is already a limited number of family doctors in the state, especially in rural areas and inner cities.

March 13, 2013

By Michael J. Mishak, LA Times