Number of Healthcare Organizations & Systems in the US
After an exhaustive search through several credible sources, we were unable to determine how many healthcare organizations and systems there are in the United States by employee headcount.
- According to the American Hospital Association, the total number of hospitals in the United States in the year 2016 was approximately 6,210.
- The number of community hospitals within a system, which is either a multi-hospital or a diversified single hospital system, in 2016 was around 3,494.
- As of 2016, more than two-thirds (69.7%) of hospitals were a part of the U.S. health system.
- In 2016, the total number of healthcare organizations and systems in the United States was 626.
- In the United States, the health care services sector helps to drive employment growth. There were a total of 4.6 million occupations established between 2000 and 2016 for the sector. An estimated 431,100 of these jobs were in outpatient care centers, 728,800 were in home health care services, 726,600 were in physicians’ offices, 130,500 were in nursing care facilities, and 1.1 million were in hospitals.
- As listed by Data USA, there were 19.1 million (BLS data) employees working in a healthcare organization in 2017.
- As of 2017, the estimated job growth rate in the healthcare sector was estimated to be around 1.9%.
- According to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, at least 11.6 million additional workers will be required across every sector of the U.S. healthcare industry by the year 2026.
Our research began by searching for government reports on health care organizations using sources such as the American Hospital Association (AHA), the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and the National Institute of Health, among others. The sources provided information on the number of hospitals and community hospitals within a system. However, further bifurcation based on the number of employees was unavailable.
Next, we searched for research reports and articles addressing health care organizations published by sources such as Deloitte, the Center for Health Workforce Studies, PR Newswire, and P&S Market Research to check for details on the leading players in the industry. We wanted to evaluate the healthcare organizations using their annual reports, where such industry statistics are typically available. Nevertheless, the articles were all behind paywalls. Thus, this strategy also did not yield useful results.
Next, we searched through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Data USA to identify the number of people employed in healthcare organizations/systems. This research strategy did not produce useful data. The BLS stated that extra employees will be needed across all sectors of the U.S. healthcare industry by 2026, while Data USA provided bifurcation merely for occupation/profile (e.g., physicians, surgeons, nurses, etc.) or by wages, instead of by the size of the organization in which they operate.
We then decided to attempt a triangulation to satisfy the request. Through the AHA, we obtained the number of healthcare organizations in 2016. So, we expanded the scope of our search beyond two years to find any figure for extrapolation, which could be used to determine the CAGR. We wanted to identify older data for future assumptions, then locate a breakdown by employee count. However, the latest statistics published by the American Hospital Association was available for only 2016 and earlier data was unavailable. Thus, the CAGR strategy could not be used to yield further results.
Due to the lack of relevant information, we were unable to provide the number of healthcare systems and organizations in the United States by employee headcount. Most of the information we came across was pertinent to the U.S. healthcare and wellness industry with no specific information found for the healthcare organizations and systems, which are a division of the broader healthcare industry.