Sunday, October 14, 2007

ambulatory facils 5.5mln
doc offices: 2.2mln
outpatient ctrs: 500k
home healthcare: 934k
hospitals: 4.6mln
nursing, resid care: 3mln
nursing care facil: 1.6mln
social assistance: 2.4mln
child day care services: 800k

there are about 33 million people over the age of 64, supported by about 3 million workers in nursing homes and almost a million in home health care.

there are now at least 50 million american children between the ages of 1-16, and about 80 million in the baby boom generation, now aged 42-62. currently, we have about 3 million workers in nursing homes and another million in home health care.

nursing home prices have been about consistent with overall price increases for healthcare costs overall, climbing about 34% since 2000. prices for everythign in the economy are up about 19% over the same period.
most important for healthcare costs overall, hospital-related costs have spiked higher:

Medical care ...........................................................................
33.74%
Medical care commodities
21.21%
Prescription drugs
28.24%
Nonprescription drugs and medical supplies 1 7
5.17%
Internal and respiratory over-the-counter drugs 1
6.12%
Nonprescription medical equipment and supplies 1
3.17%
Medical care services
37.84%
Professional services
26.09%
Physicians’ services 5
23.45%
Dental services 5
38.44%
Eyeglasses and eye care 1 7
13.71%
Services by other medical professionals 5 7
21.06%
Hospital and related services 5
54.79%
Hospital services 5 12
55.92%
Inpatient hospital services 2 5 12
54.64%
Outpatient hospital services 1 2 5 7
56.73%
Nursing homes and adult daycare 5 12
34.95%

the next question is how can we use the pool of child and teenage labor to alleviate some of this cost?

for info on individual jobs in the economy, like nurses, see http://www.bls.gov/oes/oes_dl.htm and ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/oes/oesm06nat.zip

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