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Advances in the Health Care Industry

Health care is still a thriving industry, despite the fact that almost every other industry has suffered in recent years, and despite the overall poor economy. Advances in medical science are being made almost continually, which helps to keep the industry strong.

However, the health and home care industry hasn’t been entirely immune to the effects of the economy, and one of the noticeable differences is that there were more available jobs in this field just a decade ago. Some of the adverse effects have been fewer people taking out health insurance, lower numbers of patients at hospitals and hospitals cutting back on the number of staff. Each year, however, the demand for health care professionals seems to increase, with the result that numbers are slowly making their way back up to pre-recession levels.

The certification of hospitals in the US, a process overseen by the Joint Commission, has been one of the big changes in the industry. It’s an important change as it concerns itself with the overall quality and cleanliness of hospitals in America.

The treatment of HIV has been just one of the significant medical advances within the health care industry during the last decade, although there have been many other advancements in the fields of medicine and health.

There is now a simple pill that is taken to treat HIV, whereas, in the past, patients would have to be given a complicated cocktail of medications which would have to be closely monitored. Many of the machines and equipment used in hospitals and other health care facilities have also seen huge improvements and advancements in the last decade.

The availability of good, well-paid jobs is just one of the reasons why it may pay you to pursue a career in the health industry if this is an area you are interested in. There are plenty of jobs despite the recession, and other factors also make this field appealing. These include the constant advancements in medical care and the fact that hospitals and other facilities are routinely being checked for quality and cleanliness, ensuring a safe and appealing place to work.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Filiberto says:

    I find it quite interesting that of the many industries and markets that have taken hits due to things like recessions or the bursting of the real estate bubble, the health care industry is one of the least affected markets – and it’s not that difficult to figure out why this is the case. The demand for healthcare services has only grown with the continual increase of the aging population. This industry has had its difficulties and snags, but the demand continues to steadily grow.

  2. Ronald says:

    By all of the accounts, stats and news reports that I have seen, I would have to agree that the healthcare industry continues to grow in demand for workers in all of its branches. The most telling statistic that indicates this increasing demand has to be the aging of the population. Some experts say that a drop in the birth rates poses a threat to the distant future of job demand for nursing assistants and other services related to the care of the elderly.

  3. Harold says:

    Investment in health is not only a desirable, but I think it’s also an essential priority for most societies. However, our health systems face tough and complex challenges. Many reports cite pressures, such as ageing populations, growing prevalence of chronic illnesses, but one little known pressure (which is often not reported) has got to be the intensive use of expensive yet vital health technologies. It’s a wide spread problem that medical professionals are aware of.

  4. Rafael says:

    A report I read lists home health care as one of the top five most profitable franchises in the U.S., even as the industry fights new Department of Labor rules calling for mandatory overtime and minimum wage requirements for home health employees. In senior care, the workers are more involved in the day-to-day operations. That’s opposed to someone who owns a fast-food franchise who might be dealing with lower-end employees who make $10 an hour.

  5. Barry says:

    In some cases these advances changed deep-seated beliefs in medicine; in others, they opened up possibilities beyond what doctors thought was possible years ago. The UK’s health sector is dealing with increased demand for healthcare. This has been brought about by rising expectations from the public about the quality and effectiveness of the services it receives. Innovations and advances in medicine are also contributing to increased demand as the range of treatable conditions increases.

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