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Addressing Pennsylvania’s Health Care Crisis: The Debate Over Nurse Practitioners

Pennsylvania faces a health care crisis due to depopulation and a shortage of health care providers. During a meeting, Rep. Bridget Kosierowski highlighted the critical need for more health care providers in the state. There is a debate over whether nurse practitioners (NPs) should be given full practice authority to address the shortage, especially in underserved areas. Janice Miller, a nurse practitioner, argued that allowing NPs full practice authority could help mitigate the primary care workforce shortage.

Currently, Pennsylvania requires NPs to work under the oversight of doctors, a rule that some believe limits access to care. Despite the growth in the number of NPs and physician assistants, the state still faces a significant shortage of primary care physicians, partly due to licensing delays and restrictions on NPs.

Opposition from the medical community exists, with figures like David Csikos of the Pennsylvania Medical Society advocating for a physician-led team-based model. Others, such as Hans Zuckerman, question whether granting full-practice authority to NPs would significantly impact access to care, pointing out the overall shortage of health care workers as a more pressing issue.

Rep. Tarik Khan, a nurse practitioner himself, criticized the current system for unfairly restricting NPs and emphasized the importance of focusing on patient-centered care rather than a physician-centric model.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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Candie Sue Diffenderfer 1963-2024

Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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