The intent of the statement, "On the Role of Nonphysician Providers" (elsewhere in this issue of AAP News), is commendable — namely that all American children should receive the highest quality medical care possible. However, in my view, the statement as written is unrealistic and may well alienate some allies of children and of pediatricians.

The term "health care," in the statement, is too broad and nonspecific. It encompasses areas where even a skilled pediatrician may not be the best trained professional (nutrition, counseling and education come to mind). What pediatricians are primarily trained to deliver to their patients is high-quality medical care.

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