The demand for health care workers post-ACA

Bianca K. Frogner, Joanne Spetz, Stephen T. Parente, Shelley Oberlin

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Concern abounds about whether the health care workforce is sufficient to meet changing demands spurred by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We project that by 2022 the health care industry needs three to four million additional workers, forty percent of which is related to demand growth under the ACA. We project faster job growth in the ambulatory care sector, especially in home health care. Given the current profile, we expect that the future health care workforce will be increasingly female, young, racially/ethnically diverse, not US-born, at or below the poverty level and at a low level of educational attainment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-151
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Health Economics and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was conducted with the support of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. We acknowledge the support of the Health Systems Innovation Network, LLC for the use and adaptation of the ARCOLA model for this research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Health reform
  • Health workforce
  • Microsimulation
  • Projections


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