Why is healthcare so expensive? Well, I have pointed out before the 3000% increase in administrators. Sure there are other reasons but this massive load of “workers” who produce no income for the system happen to the a major anchor drowning us all. Did you know that education and healthcare usually track together? They do. Remember the useless quality indicators? It seems teachers and doctors hate them equally. Guess who is imposing them on us? The administrators! Well, it seems even higher education (colleges) are feeling the same way as doctors. See this article in the NY Times.
- By contrast, a major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions.
- Even more strikingly, an analysis by a professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183 — a 221 percent increase.
- The rapid increase in college enrollment can be defended by intellectually respectable arguments. Even the explosion in administrative personnel is, at least in theory, defensible. On the other hand, there are no valid arguments to support the recent trend toward seven-figure salaries for high-ranking university administrators, unless one considers evidence-free assertions about “the market” to be intellectually rigorous.
We need to remove the administrator bloat in healthcare and education because they are drowning us all. As Administribbles continue to multiply they will only increase their salaries more and more because they are the ones signing the checks!!