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Is the Doctor-less Office the Future of Medicine?

May 27, 201551 min
Twenty states have passed laws allowing nurse practitioners to perform duties usually reserved for doctors, without a physician's supervision. It's a boon for rural states where doctors are scarce, but MD's argue patient care suffers. It's just one aspect of the new direction medicine is taking towards lowering cost and taking advantage of higher tech alternatives, exemplified by such practices as telemedicine and remote controlled surgery.

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