Health­care leads Novem­ber job cre­ation, but are slower times ahead?

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —Dave Barkholz

As is now cus­tom­ary, the health­care in­dus­try was the lead­ing job pro­ducer in Novem­ber, driv­ing over­all pri­vate- sec­tor em­ploy­ment to a solid 178,000 gain.

The month saw health­care em­ploy­ment rise 28,000. Am­bu­la­tory-care ser­vices pro­duced the lion’s share of the in­crease with 22,000 hires, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statis­tic’s Novem­ber jobs re­port. Over the past 12 months, health­care has led all sec­tors, adding 407,000 jobs, the re­port shows.

But ex­perts say the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump and his prom­ise to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act, has cre­ated enough un­cer­tainty that hos­pi­tals and other health­care providers may be­come hes­i­tant to do more hir­ing un­til they get a bet­ter sense of what’s ahead. Hos­pi­tals and providers worry that pa­tient vol­umes and re­im­burse­ment could shrink if the ACA ex­changes are dis­man­tled and Med­i­caid expansion is rolled back.

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