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Ambulatory care increasing at a fast pace


Frank Diamond

Spending on ambulatory care has increased recently, with more than half of it going to physician offices, according to Census Bureau data. Spending on ambulatory services rose 23.5% from 2007 to 2012. Physician offices earned about $405 billion from ambulatory care in 2012, up 20.6% from the approximately $336 billion earned in 2007. Not surprisingly, the ambulatory workforce also grew during the same period, from 5.7 million workers in 2007 to 6.6 million in 2012, a 15% increase.

More demand for ambulatory health care employee

Source: Census Bureau, November 2014

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