Health care jobs are expanding! Is that good or bad for the country?

As it is presidential election season, we have heard, and will continue to hear, lots of discussion on the American economy and the status of employment. Policy-makers and politicians love to be able to show how many jobs they have created. These same politicians want to decrease health care costs, or at least have us think that they try hard to do so. But the main reason that governmental officials haven’t contributed to decreasing health costs in the United States, aside from worsening political polarization, is embodied in the most recent government jobs report—the health care sector creates more jobs than any other industry.

Read more of my latest piece at the Huffington Post:
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Health costs are going down! So why are they not actually going down?

A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Instituteshows that the United States as a whole is going to save $2.6 trillion from 2014 to 2019 in health spending! Except that health insurance premiums continue to go up every year, including predictions that 2017 premiums will increase significantly for those in health insurance exchanges. So what’s really going on? Why don’t we all see these savings?

Read more of my latest piece here: goo.gl/QC1XPe

General musings from a Family Physician