(Columbus, OH) A state representative from Wood County wants to give Ohioans more access to primary care.
Bowling Green Republican Theresa Gavarone is proposing legislation that would make more health care practitioners primary care givers. The thinking behind the “Better Access, Better Care Act” is to allow advanced-practice registered nurses to set up shop independently and use their education, training, and certifcation to provide primary care services.
Right now, those advanced-care nurses need a supervisory agreement with a doctor in order to offer primary care.
The aim of the legislation is to address the decline of primary care physicians across Ohio, especially in medically underserved areas like central cities and rural areas.