Health care creates a new state jobs boom

  • Article by: ADAM BELZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 5:20 AM

Data analysts, patient specialists are part of the growing demand as health sector continues to drive state's recovery.

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jrparkinDec. 9, 12 5:37 AM

It is nice to see a positive for the state's economy. How is healthcare going continue to drive this with the ongoing shortage of providers ? The recent state audit of Medicaid insurance companies showed the "non-profits" were getting $3 billion yearly to run the programs. Isn't it time to put the money in real health care; not data analysts, patient specialists, administration, insurance companies, etc ??

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dentesterDec. 9, 12 6:57 AM

This is why health insurance is so expensive. Someone has to pay the salaries of all these bureaucrats.

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brianjapanDec. 9, 12 7:03 AM

Adding more coordinators is just like the federal government does by adding more staff to the top. That will only INCREASE the cost of health care. The hospital I work at is full Monday - Friday and a skeleton staff on weekends with the same number of patients. This is the WRONG approach.

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theagonybhoDec. 9, 12 8:01 AM

This is just what we need healthcare run like the Government, this should be interesting to watch this house of cards fold.

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jcinmnDec. 9, 12 8:17 AM

jrparkin "It is nice to see a positive for the state's economy. How is healthcare going continue to drive this with the ongoing shortage of providers ? The recent state audit of Medicaid insurance companies showed the "non-profits" were getting $3 billion yearly to run the programs. Isn't it time to put the money in real health care; not data analysts, patient specialists, administration, insurance companies, etc ??" We have been for more than 50 years. The money has been going to unnecessary tests to protect the physicians for malpractice suits and to fatten their coffers. Now, with Obamacare, they need to justify these costs. This is why the increasing cost of medical care has dropped from double digit rates per year to under 4% per year. The data enterers and analysts are keeping the doctors and hospitals honest.

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munsterlandrDec. 9, 12 8:28 AM

Health care is rapidly turning into a massive bureaucracy just like government as a result of Obamacare. Projections show hospitals will have to spend more money on compliance and data collection than the budget for nurses. Next time you have to deal with the State DMV or any other agency and get the run around and delays and have to put up with incompetent government workers hold your breathe. The SAME is headed for our healthcare.

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jackpinesavDec. 9, 12 8:31 AM

Summary: jobs of today and future will go to those trained and flexible. Ignoring our educational system, as we have done for over a decade, will give us more of the untrained underclass that is already being left out of the job market for middle class jobs.

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roymercerDec. 9, 12 8:45 AM

This story is such a farce. I know of several MN hospitals that are about to announce big layoffs.

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jmh5050Dec. 9, 12 8:52 AM

It's too bad that the new health care legislation complicates thing so much that people need to be hired to manage it. It is also interesting that nurses seem to have no problems getting jobs, but other patient care jobs are being laid off or are unable to hire. Of course all of this started years ago when the government decided to cut reimbursements which has driven up the cost of health care. Change needs to happen, but this is not it.

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munsterlandrDec. 9, 12 8:54 AM

jackpinesav: America spends thousands MORE per pupil on education than any nation on earth. What is being ignored in the educational system is the quality of the teaching and teachers who spend more time campaigning for Democrats than teaching our kids.

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