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Why Are Medical Assistants in Such High Demand?

Medical Assistants are in high demand.1 In fact, one state—California—employs more Medical Assistants than any other.2 But why is there such a need for Medical Assistants today? Several reasons:

 

The Affordable Care Act: When the ACA was enacted in 2014, it extended healthcare coverage to more than 10 million people who previously hadn’t had insurance. Coverage meant more people could afford to go to doctors and healthcare facilities. Office and hospital outpatient visits increased. The ACA also increased the amount of paperwork healthcare providers were required to submit. Already busy healthcare professionals, from doctors and nurses, to office assistants and administrators, need help from trained Medical Assistants.

 

Chronic Illnesses: Did you know that chronic diseases account for 86 percent of our nation’s healthcare costs? There are more than 130 million people with chronic illness.3 Patients with conditions such as arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, heart disease, mental health disorders, and more, require frequent medical attention and assistance. Under the supervision of physicians and nurses, Medical Assistants can help patients understand their illnesses and stay on track to keep their conditions under control.

 

Aging Population:  The number of people over 65 years old is expected to grow from what was estimated to be 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050.4 An aging population is expected to result in an additional burden on an already taxed healthcare system, with hospital visits projected to double for Baby Boomers by the year 2030.4 The more patients with consistent and growing medical needs, the more need there will be for trained healthcare professionals to serve them.

 

 

Have you ever considered a career in healthcare? Charter College has a blended learning Medical Assistant program that you can complete in as little as 10 months. It even includes a 180-hour externship so you can gain on-the-job experience before you get an actual job. Give us a call today at
888-200-9942 to learn more now.

 

 

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

2 https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm

3http://www.nationalhealthcouncil.org/sites/default/files/NHC_Files/Pdf_Files/AboutChronicDisease.pdf

4 http://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2016/january2016/the-aging-population-the-increasing-effects-on-health-care