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The Complexities of National Health Care Workforce Planning

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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With employment growth in the health care sector expected to continue, BPC’s Health Project examines the future of the workforce.

“Clearly, the health care industry offers consistent and continuous job growth in the United States. Employment in the health care industry rose from 8.7 percent in 1998 to 10.5 percent of the total U.S. civilian workforce in 2008 and is projected to increase to 11.9 percent by 2018. Total employment in health care is projected to increase from 15.8 million in 2008 to 19.8 million in 2018. While these numbers reflect substantial job growth, there is a pressing need to identify workforce priorities and policies that ensure a properly trained and effective workforce that leverages technologies and efficient operating models. Indeed, Section Five of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 emphasizes the need for strategies to increase workforce supply and capabilities, develop workforce diversity, and strengthen professional areas where supply is weak. These strategies are necessary to plan for a supply of professionals that is able to meet the changing demands of the health care system.”

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