In the budget proposal of US President Donald Trump, funding for public health, as well as medical research, are going to be slashed.
The budget cuts would particularly result in loss of jobs in Northeast Ohio, as reported by Cleveland.com. This would consequently affect the state and the local health department's ability to provide the needed basic health services. To add more to that, it is going to be expensive in the long run as more people would be hospitalized if the preventive programs are cut.
President Trump's budget proposal would see an 18 percent cut to the discretionary health and human services budget from $84.6 billion last year to $65.1 billion. The National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of Community Services would be directly affected.
The health sector added the most number of jobs since the recession, with 2.5 million more health jobs recorded as of January 2017. This accounts for 35 percent of jobs added since the beginning of the recession. The fastest growth in health jobs is in ambulatory, diagnosing, and treating occupations, as reported by Health Affairs Blog.
Meanwhile, the health care sector saw its slowest job growth in two years at 8 percent of total job growth in January and February this year. In 2016, the sector's share of total jobs was twice that at 17 percent, according to Business Wire.
Regardless of the slowdown, the health care industry is still an important sector in every city that is going to need jobs. There are cities that are best for health care positions that pay well. Considering the rental rates, Forbes listed the top 10 best cities for health care jobs.
These include Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at the top spot, followed by Toledo, Ohio. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI; Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio; Lubbock, Texas, round up the best five. Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky; and Tucson, Arizona, complete the list.