Healthcare Employment Boom
It would seem that in a democratic-republic, and a first world nation, that we would prioritize the health of our citizens above just about everything. However, the US has found a way to prioritize making money off of others' unfortunate health issues rather than actually providing care to the old, weak, and sick. I've got to say, though, that when the Affordable Care Act came to life, I felt revived for our newly found humanity (in theory anyway). Not only is this health care initiative making an impact on the lives of thousands of people daily by affording more people the health that everyone should have, but it’s also quite the job stimulus.
Economists have predicted the rollout of the Affordable Care Act this year will lead to acceleration in health-care spending as millions of Americans acquire health insurance and begin using it. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week predicted health-care spending would grow 5.6% this year, up from an estimated 3.6% in 2013.
This means that the government is actually spending money to help citizens, and better than that, general yearly checkups are also being covered for preventive care, which itself promotes preemptive health. Yay America!
This information itself is informative, positive, and super great. However, on that same note we need to consider that this means that doctors are going to be seeing a lot more of us, meaning economic growth from the revenue that hospitals are bringing in, and lots of new jobs that are becoming available to meet the new demand for healthcare.
Because healthcare in America has never been progressive, universal or intuitive, this whole process of becoming all three has allowed/forced hospitals to grow in leaps and bounds as far as management goes. Forbes recently articulated that hospitals have always been run like a business for profit, however, with the new healthcare system hospitals are learning to run hospitals like the leadership models that businesses implement. As Dr. Gene Lindsey, former President and CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health, explained:
“We’re using hospitals as revenue centers for their cost centers; we’re treating patients as objects rather than as customers; we’re designing systems to meet our needs instead of the needs of the communities that must use them; we’re forcing patients to access us in ways that we understand and that are convenient for us, but are counterintuitive to their lifestyles. Then we shift the blame to the customer instead of trying to understand them.”
The healthcare industry seems to be adapting and accelerating in leaps and bounds right before our eyes- with this change in the industry, as well as the projected 5.6 million job creation by 2020. Although we definitely need people to study nursing, other professions like medical lab technicians and health informatics are also need to see a lot of growth in the coming years. It appears that the medical field is worth taking another look at as a career option. Along with advancements in hospital care it’s expected that many of the healthcare jobs of the future will be concentrated among highly-educated workers. Each of these components is only helping to make our healthcare system rank competitively in respect to other first world nations; finally giving our citizens the healthcare system they deserve.