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Health­care added 34,000 work­ers in Au­gust to bring to­tal health­care em­ploy­ment to 14.78 mil­lion work­ers, the gov­ern­ment re­ported.

The 0.2% in­crease in health­care em­ploy­ment last month was sim­i­lar to the 0.3% job growth for the same month a year ago. For the year that ended in Au­gust, health­care hir­ing in­creased 1.6% com­pared with 1.8% the prior year. Hir­ing in am­bu­la­tory care, which in­cludes physi­cian of­fices, in­creased by 22,800 work­ers, or 0.3% in Au­gust. Physi­cian of­fices added 7,800 work­ers in Au­gust, for growth of 0.3%, and 62,800 jobs dur­ing the 12 months that ended last month, or an in­crease of 2.6%. Hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ment re­bounded from a 0.1% de­cline in July to add 7,100 jobs in Au­gust, for growth of 0.1%. Dur­ing the year that ended in Au­gust, hos­pi­tals added 13,200 jobs for an in­crease of 0.3%. Hos­pi­tals em­ployed 4.8 mil­lion as of Au­gust.

Price­wa­ter­house-Coop­ers is the lat­est to an­nounce its in­tent to com­pete for a highly cov­eted con­tract to re­place the De­fense Depart­ment’s elec­tronic healthrecord sys­tem.

The pro­fes­sional ser­vices firm plans to team up with EHR ven­dors DSS and Med-Sphere and sys­tems in­te­gra­tor Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy to of­fer an EHR that would com­bine open-source soft­ware with ap­pli­ca­tions from PwC’s com­mer­cial part­ners. The 10-year con­tract is es­ti­mated to be worth $11 bil­lion.

Mil­lions did not seek treat­ment for men­tal-health and sub­stance-abuse is­sues last year be­cause they lacked in­surance cov­er­age or couldn’t af­ford it, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In 2013, 20.2 mil­lion peo­ple ages 12 and older were in need of sub­stance-abuse treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. How­ever, only a few peo­ple in this pop­u­la­tion agreed they needed help. Of those in­di­vid­u­als, many didn’t get treat­ment, the lead rea­son cited be­ing they lacked cov­er­age or couldn’t af­ford it.

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