U.S. national health expenditures (adjusted for inflation) have grown every year for the last several decades, and in 2011 reached 17.9% of the nation’s gross domestic product.
In 2011, the three major categories of the healthcare industry - ambulatory services, hospitals, and nursing/residential care - employed 44%, 34%, and 23% of workers in the healthcare industry respectively.
Skill shortages are already severe in specific occupations. High in demand resumes belong to those in the fields of radiation, recreational, and occupational therapists, and also physicians, veterinarians, and dentists. The unemployment rate for all of these occupations was below 1.0% in 2011, a year in which the overall unemployment was above 8.0%.
Healthcare staffing buyers tend to use temporary labor reluctantly, typically only when they can’t find a permanent worker.
U.S. health care spending grew 3.9 percent in 2011, reaching $2.7 trillion or $8,680 per person.
National Health Expenditure (NHE) Fact Sheet
Projected NHE, 2011-2021:
SOURCE: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary, National Health Statistics Group; U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis; and U.S. Bureau of the Census.