Occupational Medicine is in High Demand, Short Supply

When we discuss Working on Safety, we’re often talking about best practices in the workplace and industry-specific safety precautions. But even the best-run companies can’t completely eliminate every safety risk, and many are increasingly looking to provide workplace-related health services to their employees. Moreover, workplace safety and employee health go hand-in-hand and have a direct impact on productivity and loss management and, thus, the bottom-line. Preventative and proactive health programs means better moods, better morale, and better decision-making.

 

Expansion is hitting a bottleneck. As such, the market for occupational medicine has been growing at a strong to breakneck pace over the last decade. Even now, signs of slowing growth isn’t so much about demand flattening out as it is insufficient supply of medical providers. Of course, occupational medicine isn’t the only healthcare sector that’s experiencing a shortage of doctors and nurses. See the Occupational Medicine Market Report from Decision Databases with forecasts that extend out to 2024.

 

Providers are Diversifying. One way that the market is finding ways to narrow the gap of this unmet demand is the entrance of other health providers into the market for occupational medicine. Family practices, urgent care, orthopedic doctors, and collaborative programs between specialized health professionals may generate supplemental revenue streams for their business by offering occupational medicine. In fact, given their existing services and competencies, these community health clinics and urgent care centers are, arguably, better positioned to offer comprehensive health resources to employees and employers than niche occupational health providers.

 

Demand Follows the Jobs Market. It’s also telling that in looking around the country for these types of crossover medical practices, it was easiest to find these groups and information about occupational medicine in major metropolitan areas known for cultivating a strong and productive workforce. Check out these pages from urgent care centers in Denver, Boston, and Seattle.

 

Local providers and institutional support. Of course, it runs both ways, and many of the health providers that took advantage of the initial, rapid expansion of occupational medicine when first starting their practice have also diversified their healthcare services over the years. There are also several national and international healthcare organizations that focus on occupational medicine. If you’re interested in learning more about how these organizations contribute to occupational medicine, we recommend you check out these pages from U.S. HealthWorks, Proactive Occupational Medicine, and Occucare International.