More internal medicine jobs in the US increase this year
More internal health workers are filling vacancies at some of the nation’s largest health care companies.
The jobs numbers, released Wednesday by the National Association of Health Care Workers, show that more than 40% of jobs in 2018 were filled by employees of the largest employers.
The average annual salary for the position was $100,907.
The figures were from the American Medical Association and were released Wednesday.
The AHA estimates that 1.5 million people work in the private sector and about 7,000 are on the federal payroll.
The group said the figures were higher than the previous year’s estimates.
It said that the number of job openings in 2018 increased by 17% compared to 2017.
“These are some of our most critical jobs, and we want to ensure that the health care industry can continue to thrive,” said AHA president and CEO Dr. Scott Baugh.
“We’re thrilled to see that more people are looking for their next opportunity in the health system.
We know there are a number of factors that influence job growth, including new technologies, the ability to hire and retain key staff, and more broadly, our ability to connect patients with care, and that’s the top priority for all of us.”
The job openings at these health care providers are largely driven by a new type of care, known as physician-assisted outpatient care.
The profession has been criticized for its high cost and lack of transparency.
The job cuts come at a time when the federal government has announced an additional $1.1 trillion in funding to expand access to high-quality health care.
A number of states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Missouri, are also pushing for more federal money to expand Medicaid coverage and provide better access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions.
The American Medical Society and the American Hospital Association both have called for federal spending to be cut by $8 billion.
The number of U.S. hospitals has increased in recent years, with the number in 2018 surpassing the total in 2020, according to the AHA.