What effect could (possible) repeal of Obamacare have on healthcare jobs?

As you remember, one of President Trump’s promises was a quick and complete repeal of Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. As time goes by and it’s still not accomplished yet, it becomes clear that it’s not actually that easy as it seemed back then. The effect it could have on communities across the country is unpredictable and it looks like no one want to test it out before upcoming presidential elections.

What is more, a couple of days ago Secretary Alex Azar tweeted the following:

Therefore, it’s clear that Obamacare is here for at least some time. Anyway, we wanted to analyse what possible repeal of that could mean for healthcare jobs, mainly entry-level, which we cover in this blog.

To put things in perspective, let’s think about aging baby boomer generation. People born between 1945 and early sixties are aging and will need more healthcare services compared to what they required a decade ago. Needless to say, many of them simply can’t afford fancy health insurance plans. Of course, you can say that many of them are 65+ already, and Medicaid is solving that problem for them. However, a lot of them are not yet, and the whole situation puts them in a very vulnerable position. President Trump understands that.

Now, let’s look at this issue from a different perspective of a healthcare provider, let’s say hospital, to keep things simple. As you know, these guys don’t like to spend money on something they don’t feel is necessary, and that can create the following problem: while more people will need healthcare, hospitals could not hire more, which will put a low of pressure on those who work already. Why? Simply because prior to repeal constant job growth was ‘covered’ by Obamacare. Now, without health insurance there will be less baby boomers in hospitals (so officials will not need to create new jobs) and those of elderly who will manage to get plans, will be serviced by workers who are there already.

Why we think it’s important to look at this issue from the position of healthcare jobs like medical assistants or phlebotomists? Simply because it was cheaper for hospitals to hire more of them as compared to doctors. Don’t know about you, but during my latest visits I’ve seen an MD less and less. A lot of work is handed over to nurses, when high-paying doctors simply can’t handle that amount of work. ‘Brilliant’ solution for hospital officials – hire more lower-paid workers.

Again, what we have described above could only become true if Obamacare is indeed repealed, but we don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Disclaimer: all opinions expressed above are of our own. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Can you become a nurse or a doctor after entry-level healthcare career?

A higher position in the health care field means a greater opportunity to help the needy, promote health and wellness in every individual and upgrade your salary. If you have been in an entry-level healthcare career, like a phlebotomist, for example, there is definitely a way for you to step out of your limited zone and enter a wider scope of practice by being a nurse or a physician. You should, however, remember that becoming a physician or a nurse requires more of your dedication and effort when compared to becoming a phlebotomist, and the process  is fully described at PhlebotomyScout.com – it may not be an easy journey but if healthcare is your real passion, this venture will be quite fulfilling.

From Entry-level to a Higher Profession

Although most professional practitioners in the healthcare field directly enter universities to complete nursing or medical studies, some opt to start entry-level healthcare careers before moving on to a higher position. Starting as an entry-level professional such as being a phlebotomist before completing a medical or nursing degree has a lot of advantages. Aside from learning through actual experiences and not from reading books, you can also develop the heart of serving the sick as you spend your hours in hospital settings. After realizing that you really want to provide help to people, you are now completely ready to start and finish your nursing or medical degree.

How can an entry-level professional become a nurse or a physician?

Entry-level positions have limited scope in healthcare since they are only given limited training. In order to get to a higher position, you will have to complete the degree of Medicine or Nursing. This means that you have to enroll in a university and complete the course.

It usually takes 4 years to complete Nursing or Medical Degree depending on several factors. After completing the degree, you may undergo higher education for specialization. Specializations take a few years.

In order to practice nursing or medicine in the hospital, you will also have to pass the professional licensure examination required in your area. Passing the exam is your first stepping stone to becoming a full-fledged professional.

Why should I go for nursing or medicine?

There are hundreds of reasons why you should consider becoming a nurse or a physician after being a phlebotomist or any other entry-level health care professional. Aside from personal reasons, the following are the benefits of going for higher profession in the healthcare field:

1. More cases to deal with

If you are a phlebotomist, you will only be able to experience drawing blood and placing them into containers. You will never get to experience how it is to deal with treating disorders just as physicians and nurses do. If you become a physician or a nurse, you can treat the patient through medical procedures by your own hand.

2. Higher salary

As everybody knows, nurses and physicians receive higher salaries than entry-level professionals. Although the job may be more difficult, you will also receive more when pay day comes.

3. Different activities in a day

Nurses and physicians deal with different patients having different needs every day. Unlike phlebotomists, they provide overall care to patients, thus, they do varying activities. By being a nurse or a physician, hospital life will be a continuous learning.

Dreaming is good but being able to actualize your dream is so much better. Aim for nursing or medical education now and experience the difference.

Opportunities for pharmacy technician graduates in 2018-2019

A pharmacy technician is a person who is trained to work in health care industry mostly working under registered pharmacist by respective registration bodies in various jurisdictions. This category of work is often misunderstood to be a low end unskilled labor associated with low salary scale. This can only be thought of so by people not aware of the various other opportunities available in this field.

Look briefly at the video explaining day-to-day job of pharmacy tech:

This opportunities are brought about by change taking place and that change expected in the pharmaceutical industry in the near future. Let’s explore some of them:

Population aging

This scenario arises when the average age of a country’s population rises over time. With a higher number of the older population which has more medical needs, pharmaceutical technicians get more opportunities to work.

Increased government funding in health care

With initiatives by the government, such as Obamacare, necessary funds have been put in place to ensure better health care to American citizens. This has and will make health care accessible to many. There still are talks as to whether Affordable Care Act should be repealed or not, please refer to our another post on this topic, where we discuss possible consequences it can have on healthcare jobs.

High number of people retiring

As the population ages the ratio of people retiring to those being hired increases providing a greater demand for pharmaceutical services.

There are various opportunities for pharmacy technicians. This are due to various changes expected as some are highlighted above. Because of them, becoming a pharmacy technician can be a great idea assuming state of affairs in modern-day healthcare system. But, what is more, some of these opportunities are as follows:

I. Hospital and pharmacies

Pharmaceutical technicians work with medical professional and nurses to ensure patients get the best treatments and appropriate prescriptions. They are involved in administration and dispensation of drugs. With experience they advise, play a crucial role in research, pharmaceutical data analytics and development.

II. Long term care facilities

Although it is a small component of pharmaceutical field as per now this is a steadily growing opportunity for pharmaceutical technicians. In this facilities they get presented with an opportunity to do something good to humanity; take care of the old, disabled, and the less fortunate in society.

III. Pharmaceutical manufacturers

They need the pharmaceutical technicians for product strategy, research, marketing and even running of the supply chain and procurement. They are often involved in clinical trials, data gathering and information services. Some end up in rewarding positions in pharmacy management as senior pharmacy technicians.

IV. Insurance companies

Due to requirement such as end of policy period’, product spoilage or contamination, errors and omissions, often than not pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies require technical people in pharmaceuticals to offer guidance, help in purchasing and selling of insurance policies respectively.

V. Computer software companies

For effective management and running of a pharmaceutical companies, they need important tools such as ERPs (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, or EMR (Electronic Medical Records). During such tools development accuracy and consistence is of paramount. This necessitates the need for continuous consultations between software developers and the pharmaceutical technicians.

All people need pharmaceutical skills for personal benefits such as to avoid being exploited, emergencies, making of informed decisions and lots more this can be acquired on a pharmaceutical technician level. This skills can be applied to the various opportunities highlighted above either as an employee, client or employer.