Wage Growth for the Health Care Workforce: Projecting the Affordable Care Act Impact


Stephen T. Parente, Roger Feldman, Joanne Spetz and Bryan Dowd

May 4, 2016

How will the Affordable Care Act impact demand for health care workers and their wages?  The answer could mean good news for physicians and registered nurses, but bad news for health consumers: Increased wages will drive up insurance premiums and reduce the affordability of health insurance.

Researchers analyzed data from three large employers and a sampling of premiums from; state Medicaid eligibility rules and costs from the Kaiser Family Foundation; Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys; Medicare Beneficiary Surveys and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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