Primary care is one of the least glamorous areas of medicine a provider can go into prompting many doctors, physician assistants, & nurse practitioners to opt for specialties that come with higher salaries, greater recognition, & more esteem. However, primary care providers are often the first call & biggest advocate for their patients in the complex world of medicine resulting in long lasting relationships that can hardly be found elsewhere.

 

Dr. Jeff, a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner, describes his crucial role providing such care in a rural Midwest community.

 

Warning: Please be advised sensitive subjects are discussed as always, but this episode contains a case about suicide which may be particularly troubling for some listeners.

 

Needy Meds is a medication assistance resource to help patients and providers find the most cost effective way to obtain medication.  https://www.needymeds.org/

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