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In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Niran Al-Agba, Pediatrician and author of “Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare”. Here, Niran discusses why it matters that Nurse Practitioners and physician assistance are more and more commonly becoming those responsible for primary care delivery. She dives into what is causing this phenomenon, how to raise awareness for patients wanting to receive the best care possible, ways to increase the number of primary care physicians in America, and more. She also dives into the importance of the patient doctor relationship, how foreign medical graduates could help in rural areas, and more.
Dr. Niran Al-Agba, is a pediatrician in private practice at Silverdale Pediatrics, PLLC in Silverdale, WA for the past 20 years. She is a third-generation primary care physician following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. She is a mother to four children, an opinion columnist for the Kitsap Sun Newspaper, and recently authored a book on the corporate takeover of healthcare titled, Patients At Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare. Her written work has appeared in Fortune Magazine, MedPage Today, and the Seattle Times.