Health care workers seen in big demand

RICK SUMALLO NEW JERSEY

A hospital construction boom in the US is expected
to drive demand for more Filipino health workers
with more than 200,000 beds expected to come on
stream in six years.

Most of the new hospitals are being built in six
states – California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia,
Texas and Virginia, labor leader and former senator
Ernesto Herrera said.

“California and Florida are popular retirement
havens for American baby boomers. “ he said.

“Apart from this, the two states are also being
swamped with Hispanic migrants,” Herrera said.

“We must stress that the data on new US hospitals
do not include new medical office buildings, mainly
put up by health maintenance organizations and
nursing homes for the aged, that invariably require
more registered and vocational nurses, physical
therapists and other caregivers,” he added.

Some 78 million American baby boomers  -- those  
born between 1946 to 1964 – now comprise 26 per
cent of the 300-million US population.

The oldest baby boomers are turning 60 this year,
Herrera said adding that they are starting to strain
the US health care system.

In 1990, Americans visited health care providers at
a rate of 2,900 appointments per 100,000
population. This increased to 4,256 visitations in
2005.

From January to September this year alone, a total
of 10,290 Filipino nurses sought jobs in America,
according to the US National Council of State
Boards of Nursing.

More than 100,000 Filipino nurses have left the
country since 1994, with 57 per cent of them going
to Saudi Arabia, 14 per cent to the US and 12 per
cent to the United Kingdom.
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