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For Quality Healthcare, Experience Matters

Physicians undergo 10,000 or more hours of training before they begin to practice independently, and patients benefit from that experience and expertise. Nurse practitioners may receive as little as 500 hours. Proposals to grant independent practice authority to non-physicians ignore that gap in the name of supposed benefits which don’t stand up to scrutiny. 

Supporters of independent practice authority maintain it would expand access to health care. But both physicians and advanced practice providers cluster in Indiana’s most populous areas; the counties with shortages of physicians have shortages of APPs as well.

And multiple studies have found turning over patient care to non-physicians was followed by worse patient outcomes and higher costs.


Preserving physician-led health care is not about “us vs. them.” It’s about “us WITH them” to continue delivering patients the best possible health care.

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