Ambulatory Health Care Services And Jobs Boom

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The U.S. ambulatory health care services business is booming and so are the number of jobs in this aspect of health care, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Physicians offices accounted for 49.1% of ambulatory health care services receipts.

Total employment in ambulatory health care services grew 15.1% during five years, from 5.7 million in 2007 to 6.6 million in 2012. During those five years the total annual payroll in health care services jumped 24.3% from $274.7 billion in 2007 to $341.4 billion in 2012.

The ambulatory health care industry includes outpatient services, such as offices of physicians and dentists, home health care and medical laboratories.

Ambulatory Health Care Grows Rapidly

Revenue for the 582,733 ambulatory health care services businesses in the U.S. totaled $825.7 billion in 2012, up 23.5% from $668.5 billion in 2007, according to U.S. Census Bureau economic census statistics.

Physicians offices accounted for 49.1% of ambulatory health care services receipts: $405.7 billion in 2012, up 20.6% from $336.3 billion in 2007.

Although still relatively small, the home health care services industry has grown rapidly in recent years.

Home health services comprised 5.2% of ambulatory care businesses, 8.1% of receipts, and 19.6% of employees within the ambulatory health care industry in 2012.

The number of home health business was up 30.6%, from 23,070 in 2007 to 30,122 in 2012. Home health revenue expanded 39.7% from 47.6 billion in 2007 to 66.5 billion in 2012.

Employment in the home healthy business rose 30.7% from 984,164 in 2007 to 1,286,471 in 2012.

Ambulatory health care services also include dentists, outpatient care centers, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and services such as blood and organ banks, pacemaker monitoring services and ambulance services.

Additional statistics for these industries include:

  • Annual payroll for the ambulance services industry increased 33.5%, from $4.1 billion in 2007 to $5.5 billion in 2012.
  • The number of employees in kidney dialysis centers increased 43.7%, from 72,890 in 2007 to 104,737 in 2012.

These results are part of the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series, which publishes national statistics for detailed industries, as well as information on the product lines sold by or services provided by businesses.

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