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The contraction in colorados overall employment in

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Unformatted text preview: in Colorado’s overall employment in 2009 and 2010 was not mirrored in the healthcare sector, which posted gains of 6,100 jobs in 2009 and 6,300 in 2010. Increases of 7,000 and 6,000 are expected in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Healthcare is Colorado’s fourth-largest sector, accounting for about 1 in every 10 Colorado jobs. Continued growth in this sector is expected due to four trends: care physicians, physician assistants (PAs), and advanced practice nurses (APNs), such as nurse practitioners (NPs). It is estimated that around 3,300 physicians practice primary care in the state, along with 1,500 NPs and 760 PAs (Online Learning Trends in Private-Sector Colleges and Universities, March 2011). Approximately onethird of Colorado physicians are expected to reach retirement age in 10 years. In order to maintain sufficient primary care provider-to-population ratios of 2005 through 2025, the Colorado Health Institute estimates that Colorado will need approximately 2,200 more primary care providers beyond Educational Services 25.0 26.1 27.5...
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