What we need is a new primary-care school [“Washington state needs another medical school,” Opinion, Aug. 13].
Primary care does not have to be done by physicians. And since reimbursements and salaries are much higher for medical specialists than they are for primary-care people, training more physicians would not likely improve the primary-care shortages in Eastern Washington. Trainees would seek out more lucrative areas in which to work than primary care.
I assisted, as a primary care internist for 35 years, in teaching nurse practitioner students, and I can testify that nurse practitioners do great primary care, and in my (humble) opinion we need more of them.
We need to think in more modern ways to solve our problems instead of having clashes of the titans over how many medical schools are needed.
Frank K. Mitchell, Seattle