Americans Prefer Medical Care from Physicians

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Reid Blackwelder, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians

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A new survey finds that nearly three quarters of Americans prefer to receive their medical care from physicians rather than non-physicians such as nurses or nurse practitioners. The survey also found that nine in ten Americans choose a physician to lead their ideal medical team. In addition, physicians are seen as more knowledgeable, experienced, trusted and up-to-date on medical advances than non-physicians by margins greater than two to one.

Reid Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, explains why more people prefer physicians for their medical care.

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HEALTH CARE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE CHALLENGING AND THESE RESULTS INDICATE THAT AMERICANS WANT TO HAVE A PHYSICIAN AS THE LEADER OF THEIR HEALTH CARE TEAM. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT PHYSICIANS HAVE THE MEDICAL EXPERTISE NECESSARY TO KNOW WHETHER AN APPARENTLY STRAIGHTFORWARD SYMPTOM ACTUALLY REPRESENTS A MORE COMPLICATED PROBLEM. THEY WANT THAT EXPERTISE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONES.

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