GDP numbers have shown a drastic slowndown in American health care spending, which health wonks regard as a good sign for the country's long-term future. But at the same time, the labor market continues to show an increase in health care employment:
Breakdown of 21k healthcare jobs added in June: Nursing homes: ↑ 6,000 jobs Doctors offices: ↑ 4,000 Home health: ↑ 3,500 Hospital: ↑ 2,200— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 3, 2014
These aren't exactly contradictory data points, but there is a bit of tension between. At some point, the health care sector can't keep adding workers unless patients are spending more money.