Health Care Accounts For 1 in 6 New Jobs Added In May
Meanwhile, an Accenture survey of patients reveals that health insurance customers are willing to accept narrower networks of providers for better control over their medical information.
Health Care Job Boom Continues In May
The healthcare industry added 46,800 jobs in May, nearly matching April's largest monthly increase this year. The U.S. economy overall added 280,000 jobs—meaning about 1 in 6 were in healthcare—and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5%. (Sandler, 6/5)
Quality And Control, Not Choice, Is What Insurance Customers Want
Health insurers are trying to figure out what makes consumers tick as the market increasingly becomes a direct-to-consumer business. But new surveys suggest that some of the previous ideas have been misguided. The backlash against restrictive health maintenance organizations in the 1990s gave rise to the idea that what consumers want is choice, said Jean-Pierre Stephan, a managing director at Accenture. But many people would be willing to accept a narrower, coordinated-care network as long as they still have control over their medical information, a survey from the consulting firm found. (Kutscher, 6/5)