As the 2018 year-end reflections turn towards 2019 predictions, one consistent theme is clear: the healthcare job market is growing, and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Healthcare created a lot of new jobs in 2018 — 346,000 of them, to be specific. And the projection is for that growth to continue, with the Center for Health Workforce predicting a 20% increase in health care jobs from 2016 to 2026.
By the end of 2018, nearly 11% of the American workforce was employed in healthcare jobs. Additionally, 6 of the 8 fastest growing jobs overall are healthcare related.
We could share even more statistics, but suffice to say very few other fields are growing at that extreme pace. This naturally leads us to ask questions about why.
One simple reason is that the average age of American citizens is simply skewing older. With an older population, the need for medical services increases. Supply always rises to meet demand, and it’s clear that the demand will continue to rise with the median age of U.S. inhabitants.
Another likely cause of increase is that under the Affordable Care Act, more people are insured, meaning more people have the freedom to seek care.
As you’d expect, this increase in demand poses challenges for hospitals. Some of the highly needed positions include pharmacy technicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and additional non-clinical jobs like medical secretary and medical coding technician.
The needs on display certainly include basic care, but also show the struggle to keep up with processing data effectively. There continues to be a chronic shortage of practitioners in some fields, notably in primary care.
The fact that healthcare jobs are needed faster than they can be filled proves that efficiency is more important now than ever.
Connecting patients to the care that they need, from the practitioners best equipped to deliver it, cuts back on how often patients hop between doctors and hospitals. Centering the primary care provider in a patient’s care plan saves time and money for everyone involved — and ensures that no patient is left behind due to growing pains of the healthcare system.
By empowering you as an employer to have a direct health benefits relationship with your employers and a direct financial relationship with top notch care providers, Captiva helps you make sure that the process is streamlined. Your employees get the care they need, without the headache of sifting through endless data in a rapidly expanding list of options.
Ultimately, this system promises to improve the healthcare landscape as a whole by creating long-term patient and provider relationships that solve the high turnover rates currently plaguing many healthcare positions.
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