A physician, nurse practitioner or a physician assistant provide health care. A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has received advanced training and education to care for the general health of most individuals. A physician assistant has also received advanced training to provide health care to members of the community. Both nurse practitioners and physician assistants can prescribe most medications and are specially trained to address the comprehensive health of their patients. Behavioral health services (when available) are provided by a mental health provider such as a social worker, counselor, psychologist, or psychiatric nurse practitioner.
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