The nature of healthcare in our country is constantly evolving and has done so at an accelerated rate in recent years. From the continued rise of technology in the medical practice to the growing elderly population in America, there are a number of factors that act on the profession.
For job hunters in the PA field, these changes might come with some concerns and questions on how they might affect the field they are looking to work in. NP PA Recruiters knows the importance of keeping up-to-date with the trends surrounding the future of PAs in America, that’s why we want to offer you some insight into the latest news that is affecting the field.
All the numbers are on the rise.
The best news for prospective PAs is that their chosen profession has a very healthy outlook and has promising increasing trends. The total number of PAs has grown to over 115,000 in the US, which is a rise of over 40% from a 2010 count.
This recent spike in PA numbers has had positive effects that contribute to its profession’s vitality. One of the most noticeable is that the average PA is comparatively young at only 38 years old. This should come as an encouraging sign for recent graduates and other young professionals looking for a new job in this field.
The average salary for a PA has also risen to over $104,000 this year. The rise in salary follows a pattern in recent years associated with increased competition for primary care providers and a physician shortage across the country.
The restructuring or repealing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is important to consider.
The ACA resulted in over 20 million Americans gaining new access to healthcare coverage. It was one of the main reasons that the demand for qualified PAs and other allied health professionals grew so much in recent years.
The current drive to restructure or remove the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, is a top political issue. The good news is that regardless of what happens with the ACA itself, there are already political and economic trends that have risen from it that should continue to benefit the PA profession.
In 2017, we have already seen a number of states continue to revise scope-of-practice laws. The aim is to provide the citizens of their states with easier access to PAs and other similar professionals, like Nurse Practitioners (NPs).
The professional organizations that represent PAs and NPs plan to use this year to increase their push to expand care to more patients.
In addition, more and more large companies and insurance providers are shifting to providing access to value-based models of healthcare coverage. Over 80% of large companies now include retail clinics – sites where individuals are more likely to be treated by PAs and other allied health professionals – in their insurance plans for employees,
Science and sentiment back up the increased care by PAs.
Employers offering new alternatives for health care insurance is encouraging and a welcome sign. The move is made possible by the fact that people are becoming more open to being treated by primary care providers that are not necessarily traditional physicians.
That trust comes from a belief that they will receive the same level of treatment whether they are treated by a doctor at a hospital or another professional, like a PA, at a different type of site, like a community health center.
Studies have already been undertaken to test the quality of treatment by PAs and other non-doctor medical professionals. The results show that patients can expect to receive the same type of care regardless of who is treating them.
NP PA Recruiters knows that getting your first or next PA position is vital to the health of your career. Contact us today at (956) 772-1400 or at (214) 351-3880 and let us help you open the door to the rewarding opportunities being a PA has to offer.
By any measure, the future for PAs is a bright one. The number of jobs continues to grow, as does the scope of treatment PAs can provide. It never hurts that compensation looks to follow a similar upward path.
NP PA Recruiters is eager to hear from candidates interested in joining the medical field. Visit our job board to find exciting opportunities for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants all throughout the nation.