Combining medical technology and the human touch,
the health care industry administers care around the clock, responding to the
needs of millions of people from newborns to the critically ill.
According to a bls.gov
report from 2006, "about 580,000 establishments make up the
health care industry; they vary greatly in terms of size, staffing
patterns, and organizational structures. Nearly 77 percent of health
care establishments are offices of physicians, dentists, or other health
practitioners. Although hospitals constitute only 1 percent of all
health care establishments, they employ 35 percent of all workers.
The health care industry includes establishments ranging from small-town
private practices of physicians who employ only one medical assistant to
busy inner-city hospitals that provide thousands of diverse jobs."
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The following is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (United States).
Information from 2006, retrieved in Dec. 2009.
Hospitals. Hospitals provide complete
medical care, ranging from diagnostic services, to surgery, to
continuous nursing care. Some hospitals specialize in treatment of the
mentally ill, cancer patients, or children. Hospital-based care may be
on an inpatient (overnight) or outpatient basis. The mix of workers
needed varies, depending on the size, geographic location, goals,
philosophy, funding, organization, and management style of the
institution. As hospitals work to improve efficiency, care continues to
shift from an inpatient to outpatient basis whenever possible. Many
hospitals have expanded into long-term and home health care services,
providing a wide range of care for the communities they serve.
Nursing and residential care facilities.
Nursing care facilities provide inpatient nursing, rehabilitation, and
health-related personal care to those who need continuous nursing care,
but do not require hospital services. Nursing aides provide the vast
majority of direct care. Other facilities, such as convalescent homes,
help patients who need less assistance. Residential care facilities
provide around-the-clock social and personal care to children, the
elderly, and others who have limited ability to care for themselves.
Workers care for residents of assisted-living facilities, alcohol and
drug rehabilitation centers, group homes, and halfway houses. Nursing
and medical care, however, are not the main functions of establishments
providing residential care, as they are in nursing care facilities.
Offices of physicians. About 37 percent
of all health care establishments fall into this industry segment.
Physicians and surgeons practice privately or in groups of practitioners
who have the same or different specialties. Many physicians and surgeons
prefer to join group practices because they afford backup coverage,
reduce overhead expenses, and facilitate consultation with peers.
Physicians and surgeons are increasingly working as salaried employees
of group medical practices, clinics, or integrated health systems.
Offices of dentists. About 1 out of
every 5 health care establishments is a dentist's office. Most employ
only a few workers, who provide preventative, cosmetic, or emergency
care. Some offices specialize in a single field of dentistry such as
orthodontics or periodontics.
Home health care services. Skilled
nursing or medical care is sometimes provided in the home, under a
physician's supervision. Home health care services are provided mainly
to the elderly. The development of in-home medical technologies,
substantial cost savings, and patients preference for care in the home
have helped change this once-small segment of the industry into one of
the fastest growing parts of the economy.
Offices of other health practitioners.
This segment of the industry includes the offices of chiropractors,
optometrists, podiatrists, occupational and physical therapists,
psychologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians,
and other health practitioners. Demand for the services of this segment
is related to the ability of patients to pay, either directly or through
health insurance. Hospitals and nursing facilities may contract out for
these services. This segment also includes the offices of practitioners
of alternative medicine, such as acupuncturists, homeopaths,
hypnotherapists, and naturopaths.
Outpatient care centers. The diverse
establishments in this group include kidney dialysis centers, outpatient
mental health and substance abuse centers, health maintenance
organization medical centers, and freestanding ambulatory surgical and
Other ambulatory health care services.
This relatively small industry segment includes ambulance and helicopter
transport services, blood and organ banks, and other ambulatory health
care services, such as pacemaker monitoring services and smoking
Medical and diagnostic laboratories.
Medical and diagnostic laboratories provide analytic or diagnostic
services to the medical profession or directly to patients following a
physician's prescription. Workers may analyze blood, take x rays and
computerized tomography scans, or perform other clinical tests. Medical
and diagnostic laboratories provide the fewest number of jobs in the
health care industry.
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