Health Industry Jobs Increase in the Wake of Obamacare Enrollment
Posted on January 8, 2012 by admin
Jobs have always been an important topic for the American public. So at first, when President Obama presented the idea of the Affordable Care Act, some citizens wondered why the government wasn’t focusing on increasing the employment rate, especially as the country made its way out of a lengthy recession. But after a full year of increased U.S. healthcare, the U.S. jobs report indicates that this goal was met as well.
Thanks to the implementation of Obamacare and the fact that Americans have more access to medical care, jobs in the health industry have increased significantly. In the health industry during November alone, 29,000 jobs were added, and these occupations have been rising steadily. As Medicaid coverage, along with private health plans, have been made available to more Americans than ever before, providers of medical care are increasing their staffs to meet the increase in covered customers.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the last year has seen employment in the healthcare field increase “by 261,000;” and this reflects increases in employment in physician offices (more than 7,000), home health services (above 5,000), hospitals (over 4,000), and outpatient care centers (more than 4,000). Hospitals across the country are also experiencing an increase in the number of surgeries they perform and the hospital care following such surgeries, which is likely a result of Americans finally being able to cover procedures that they could not before.
It is also important to note that the medical care sector is not the only one that has seen an increase in employment in the U.S. jobs report. In general, the United States has enjoyed an increase of 321,000 new jobs. The Affordable Care Act’s ability to produce jobs proves almost as impressive as its ability to improve Americans’ access to inexpensive health insurance.