White House economic advisors predict millions of new jobs in health care

White House economic advisors' predict there will be millions of new jobs in health care over the next few years.

The report released Monday shows that health care is one of the only growing industries and will grow even more by 2016.

Many of those new jobs are expected right here in eastern Kentucky.

Local hospital directors say no matter what the economy is like, people still get sick or hurt and need medical attention.

They say increasing health problems like cancer, diabetes, and aging baby boomers mean more healthcare jobs.

Tambrea Haynes is changing careers. She is in school, studying to be a nurse.

“I think there's always going to be a job there. No matter how bad the economy gets, you're always going to have a job. The need for healthcare is always there,” Tambrea Haynes said.

A White House Economic Advisor's report shows she is right.

The report shows healthcare is one of the only growing fields in the recession.

Directors at Pikeville Medical Center say that is true in the mountains.

Their number of employees doubled in the last 15 years, from 800 to 1600 this year. They hired 145 new workers so far this year.

“As more patients are coming in with multiple, multiple co morbidities. We're seeing the need for more and more workers,” James Brock said.

He believes that need will grow even more the next few years due to an aging baby boom population, and an increase in cancer and other diseases.

The White House report predicts more people needing care will turn into millions of new jobs in hospitals, doctor's offices, and nursing homes.

“Healthcare is good because there's a need for it, especially in our region,” Brian Mullins said.

“That's why we need to get these people in and trained faster,” Brock said.

Which is good for Haynes. Her husband is a coal miner.

“His job is not as dependable you know, round here right now, that's not dependable, so I feel like mine is going to be,” Haynes said.

Officials say the healthcare jobs are secure, so Haynes feels like her family will be able to survive in any economic times.

Local medical officials believe changes in Medicare and Medicaid will also create new jobs this year.


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