By Jim Roope, CNN
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(CNN) – The number of family doctors in the US is shrinking.
That and the implementation of nationwide healthcare reform is creating a void in primary care. Increasingly, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are filling the gap.
Debbie Polaski is a nurse practitioner and manages CVS’s chain of Minute Clinics in Los Angeles.
[1:01] “It was happening because the baby boomers were aging and that was a large population. Now with the Affordable Care Act, we’re going to be seeing millions upon millions of people who will have insurance and who will be in need of doctors, and there won’t be any.”
Many nurse practitioners are being hired by walk-in clinics located inside major pharmacy chains across the country. Clinics like these are where many of the nation's newly insured will be receiving primary health care.