Hospitals Brace For Job Losses?

You are going to hear a lot of scary headlines coming from the media soon and they will reoccur over and over again.  This is a typical one “As Obamacare Repeal Looms, Hospitals Brace For Job Losses”.  Though this article is from Forbes (right-leaning), the author looks like he has a long left-leaning history and also wrote the book “Inside Obamacare: The Fix For America’s Ailing Health Care System.”  Yeah, he may have been a little off on that one.

Anyway, in this latest article he cries about how many hospital jobs are going to be eliminated if the the ACA is repealed.  Ahhh, these poor hospitals will have to cut back.  Then he goes on to say, “To be sure, hospital operators across the country, including for-profit firms like Tenet Healthcare and HCA Holdings, have reported record revenue and profits since the ACA was passed.” Really?  Have you had record profits in your life over the past 6 years since the ACA was passed?  Probably not.  No wonder there is a crane at every hospital you see.  They continue to grow and prosper off the ACA as middle income Americans get crushed.  Once again, we were duped.

Bruce Japsen, the author, needs to learn a lesson. He may have written some books but so have I.  In other words, it doesn’t make him an expert just because he was published (nor does it make me).  He either has absolutely no clue what is going in the hospital systems or he cannot give up his love for a terrible law. The ACA with the help of the insurers (who also have been getting record profits from the ACA as well) have caused an epidemic explosion of one type of employee who needs to lose their jobs…….ADMINISTRATORS!

This graph was only until 2013. It must have gone up tons since then but I cannot find any new data or graphs from the Bureau of Labs Statistics (coincidence?).  The bottom line is that these administrators need to go. They are the financial burden that brings down hospitals.  They do very little, they don’t offer a service like docs or nurses, and they don’t bring any money in.

The problem, unfortunately, is that the fox is guarding the hen house.  These idiots will do anything to protect their jobs. So, before you get all worried about local job losses please pay attention to who is losing his or her job. We need to protect the staff like nurses and doctors. We need to push for the removal of the suits.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Hospitals Brace For Job Losses?

  1. Aaron M. Levine MD
    January 25, 2017 at 10:43 am

    MDAnderson, one of the premier Cancer Hospitals in the country announced about a thousand lay off mainly of PA, NP and supportive staff, including some administrators. They blamed the lack of being in network with many Managed Care programs including Obamacare

  2. January 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    The administrative price burden of healthcare is almost unimaginable. It’s on par with the price burden of our national government bureaucracy.

  3. Tom Horiagon MD MOccH
    January 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    It seems incredible but it bears repeating that 95% of the growth in healthcare sector employment since 1990 has been in administrative positions. This is one of the clearest metrics of corporate control in the sector and explains a great deal about price inflation, toxic work environments for physicians, the prevalence of silly management theory fads, and the utter deterioration of US medicine.

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