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    Re: The U.S. Economy Can't Hire Health-Care Workers Fast Enough

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Goodness, healthcare is now free for everybody? I admit I didn't know that.
    Yes... apparently the Republicans have managed to repeal and replace when the rest of us weren't looking...

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    Re: The U.S. Economy Can't Hire Health-Care Workers Fast Enough

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Why would you not expect an industry to expand that produces a good that suddenly is free for all? I don't know, how it will develop, but I would expect an increase in healthcare consumption and higher costs.
    There are many, many things at play here, including an aging population that is creating increased demand on healthcare; an aging physician base that is retiring faster than being replaced and expansion of insurance through the PPACA.

    The Aging Effect on Healthcare

    Of course, Obamacare did not make anything really "free" except annual doctor visits. People on this board have repeatedly complained about higher than expected premiums and big deductibles.

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    Re: The U.S. Economy Can't Hire Health-Care Workers Fast Enough

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I'd make three comments on this issue:

    3. It has been noted elsewhere that the vast majority of new registrants for healthcare coverage on the state and federal exchanges have been those now eligible for Medicare coverage under the new guidelines established under the ACA. As a result, it's not surprising that there would be increased demand for healthcare professionals who will serve the increase in Medicare demand. Considering that some doctors are reportedly not accepting new Medicare patients because of reduced rates of reimbursement, it's possible that many of the posted openings are to fill positions serving those Medicare patients with professionals not wanting to accept the cut in reimbursement.

    I suspect that payment rates, which also preceded the ACA, played role in accelerating some retirements. The ACA likely had some impact, too. However, the rate of retirements has slowed in recent years, so it's still too soon to really glean what impact ACA had and what impact other factors e.g., aging of physicians had. I'm sure this will be a topic of future research, especially if physician shortages grow worse than expected.

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    Re: The U.S. Economy Can't Hire Health-Care Workers Fast Enough

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    I suspect that payment rates, which also preceded the ACA, played role in accelerating some retirements. The ACA likely had some impact, too. However, the rate of retirements has slowed in recent years, so it's still too soon to really glean what impact ACA had and what impact other factors e.g., aging of physicians had. I'm sure this will be a topic of future research, especially if physician shortages grow worse than expected.
    I agree, these are short term issues. A lot of younger people are now in colleges and universities getting education related to various healthcare fields that have led demand for a number of years. It won't matter to them if their starting salary is less that it might have been previously - a job is a job and they have to start their career somewhere. The drain from Canada to the US was related to salaries under the free market American healthcare system, particularly in the southwest States where thousands of Canadian nursing students found a home the past couple of decades. As the American system becomes more cost fixated, that is lessening and that will lead to more openings.
    A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.

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