Healthcare Jobs on the rise
The need for qualified healthcare specialists is skyrocketing in response to the Affordable Care Act and new government mandates. 14 million uninsured people who previously had extremely limited access to healthcare are about to get insured, and by then end of the decade an additional 25 million people will have expanded access to healthcare through insurace. With this coverage expansion, the number of people who can afford to go to the doctor more regularly will increase and so presumably will the number of visits.
According to the California HealthCare Foundation's report, Primary Care, Everywhere, the Affordable Care Act will bring "a surge in demand for primary care", and with it more positions needing to be filled to cover the increased demand. Nursing jobs in general will increase, and the law also mandates that certain health services that were previously uninsured by companies must now be covered. Medical services such as physical therapy and mental health care will now be covered by all insurance types, and again the usage is expected to increase in response.
Beyond the Affordable Care act, advanced in health information management and government mandates concerning electronic health records(EHR) are expected to dramatically increase demand for IT professionals in the industry. There is already a shortage in Health IT according to the inaugural HIMSS Analytics Workforce Survey. With three out of four health IT departments looking to hire and 31% reporting projects being postponed or canceled do to staffing shortages, IT professionals are in extremely high demand in the medical field. In fact the University of Illinois reports that in the next 5 to 7 years health IT will need to fill 50,000 jobs.
So is there a staffing crisis in the health industry? Trends say health jobs are headed for a dramatic increase, and with some areas currently fighting for staff, the makings of a staffing problem is already underway. This could be an unforeseen consequence of Obamacare, but one thing is sure: if you’re in healthcare, your job prospects are looking up.
Healthcare jobs are booming thanks to Obamacare and new mandates.
A successful medical career is just around the corner.