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Nurse practitioners are the innovative solution to Canada’s health care woes

By Linda Silas and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault      

We should be investing in the full range of primary health-care services to increase access for all Canadians.

Canada's federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, pictured recently at the National Press Theatre in Ottawaa. Nurse practitioners represent an innovative opportunity for Canada to address our growing health care needs, especially within underserved populations, communities and settings. It’s time for governments and employers to get on-board and remove the remaining obstacles for utilizing nurse practitioners, write Linda Silas and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

It was recently national Nurse Practitioner Week, but you would be forgiven if you’ve never heard of nurse practitioners. Most Canadians haven’t—and most don’t know their value to our health-care system.

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