Jobs in healthcare will become more plentiful in coming years as members of the “baby boomer” generation age. There will be an abundance of opportunities in healthcare careers, particularly in geriatrics, end-of-life care and hospice and nursing home work. In addition, the large number of severely injured and disabled veterans returning from occupation duty in Iraq is already creating an urgent demand for workers in all healthcare fields that will continue for decades to come.If this kind of work interests you, you’ll need to prepare with health care training and education. Online degrees are a convenient and economical way to start the training you’ll need in order to qualify for these jobs.In addition to “hands-on” careers in healthcare in fields such as nursing, pathology, radiology and physical therapy, the U.S. Department of Labor anticipates a large number of openings for healthcare management jobs as well as healthcare administration jobs.
Healthcare administration is an area that will take on a great deal of importance in the coming years. If you saw Michael Moore’s movie “SiCKO,” you understand just how dysfunctional the present U.S. healthcare system is. The financial power of greedy insurance and pharmaceutical corporations and their undue influence over corrupt members of Congress presents considerable obstacles. However, there is growing rage among American citizens over this issue that may very well force changes at the state level.Healthcare administrators are among those who see the problems firsthand and understand the issues; therefore, these people are in a position to help shape healthcare policy in the coming years as individual state governments begin the type of healthcare reform that most members of the U.S. Congress are unwilling to address.Whether you choose an administrative or a hands-on career in healthcare, you’ll be able to complete your coursework at home, often at your own pace, by attending college online. Contrary to what you may have heard, online courses are similar to traditional classes at a brick-and-mortar university or college. You’ll hear lectures, read required texts, submit papers, take exams and even participate in class discussions. The only difference is that you’ll be using Internet technology such as podcasts and electronic bulletin boards for these interactions.
As you might imagine, training for healthcare careers in “hands-on” fields such as nursing, anesthesiology and pathology require some real-world clinical experience. Once you are at that stage, many schools can arrange for you to complete these requirements at a local hospital or other medical center near your home.When pursuing an online degree, it is important to make sure that the school is properly accredited. Most online college websites provide this information; you can also learn more about accreditation by visiting the U.S. Department of Education website at http://www.ed.gov.
Who Killed Health Care?, is a very good question – especially if you need to access “The Healthcare System” anytime soon.According to the jacket cover on “Who Killed Health Care,” author and Harvard Professor of Business Administration Regina Herzlinger is one of the most respected health care analysts in the nation; voted one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care” according to Modern Healthcare.Not only respected and powerful, she’s a good writer, too. “Who Killed Health Care” reads like a murder-mystery where the usual suspects are out to steal the money and kill everyone in the process! Unfortunately, she’s not writing fiction. With 35 pages of footnotes and 10 pages of index, Professor Herzlinger puts forth a very strong argument for who killed healthcare – and the killers’ two-trillion-dollar motive!
Good news: Regina also puts forth well-documented ideas to wrest control and revive healthcare from the killers still at large.Herzlinger takes no prisoners; her Introduction is an impassioned Call to Arms: “Healthcare is in the midst of a ferocious war; the prize unimaginably huge – $2 Trillion, about the size of the economy of China. Four armies are battling to gain control: Health Insurers, Hospitals, the Government and Doctors. Yet you and I, the people who use the healthcare system and who pay for all of it, are not even combatants. And the Doctors, the group whose interests are most closely aligned with our welfare, are losing the war.”"The American People must win this battle,” she writes. “A system controlled by the insurance companies or hospitals or government will kill us financially and medically – it will ruin our economy, deny us the healthcare services we need, and undermine the important genomic research that can fundamentally improve the practice of medicine and control its costs. The current system is well on its way to doing all of these terrible things right now.”Whew!Generalissimo’s introductory rant continues: “There is only one group that can prevent this damage: consumers – you and me – working together with our doctors. I wrote this book to raise a battle cry for American consumers of health. I want you to know why we must win this war. I also delineate the battle plan that will enable us to turn healthcare into a system that is responsive to your needs and my needs – a consumer driven healthcare system.”
The General backs her opening salvo with a double-time march through the history of healthcare – back to 1933 and the building of the Los Angeles aqueduct in the Mojave Desert by Industrialist Henry Kaiser and entrepreneurial Physician Sidney Garfield – up to the exact hour of healthcare’s recent, untimely death.After shooting up every major combatant, ‘Reggie lays out her Marshall Plan to revive healthcare in the US.Who Killed Health Care is an outstanding book. I recommend it highly for CEOs, CFOs, HR People, Doctors, Medical Professionals, Hillary…anyone who is a healthcare consumer – or is thinking about becoming one. (That would be you!)To your health!