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What are some career paths within the business side of healthcare?


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Lacee’s Answer

Hello Sakura! I have found many opportunities on the business side of healthcare being a nurse with a MBA. I work in the health insurance space and find my job to be very rewarding.

If you are not planning to obtain a nursing degree, there are other business opportunities such as contracting/credentialing, marketing, financial, pharmaceutical representatives, etc.

It would depend on the healthcare space you want to enter into. For example, would you want to work in a hospital setting, a health insurance setting, or a pharmaceutical setting? That would be the first question I would answer and then research some options...or post another question here.

Good luck in your endeavors!

Thank you so much! Sakura E.

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Aaron’s Answer

Hi Sakura,

There are many careers that fall into healthcare. It depends on what type of setting and skill you want to be in. Healthcare is a big industry and it’s in high demand. Positions you can work in this field is a Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Social Worker, Respiratory Therapist, Transporter, Doctor and so on. RN’s job description is administer medications to patients and insert Intravenous medications (IV). CNA assist the patient with activities of daily living (ADLs) with taking a bath and brushing teeth. Social worker creates the plan of care for the patient by making sure they have health insurance to pay for their medical bills and have access to medication and a doctor. A respiratory therapist administers breathing treatments to patients who have lung problems such as asthma and pneumonia. Transporter helps move equipment and patients around the hospital. A doctor prescribes medications to treat patient’s health problems. These positions can be offered in a long-term care facility where they care for the elderly between age 70 and older, in hospitals and rehab clinics where they restore the patient back to good health from their health problem. If you are interested in applying at a certain healthcare facility research job opportunities offered at this particular facility. Hope this helps.

-Thank you,
Aaron

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Alfredo’s Answer

Hi Sakura,

As with any business, there are many sides to business side of healthcare. You need to decide the setting, the job function, and the type of sub-industry within healthcare. Janice and Lacee already outlined the setting quite well, the job function can be in anything that goes on in a business. Hope this helps!

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Ally’s Answer

Hi Sakura,

I think it depends on what you want to do in the business side that will determine the field but one potential field could be that of an insurance broker. These brokers are essentially the middle man between a company and the insurance carriers. They help negotiate premium rates or resolve claims and also hold health fairs (similar to marketing/outreach). One company that you might want to look into is Lockton. They're a huge insurance broker company that deals with many small and large companies.

Hope that helps!

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Janice’s Answer

Hi Sukura-

The business side of health care can be an exciting and interesting career choice. Depending on the setting you choose to work (clinic, private practice, hospital and more), various opportunities are available. Consider finance, insurance, administration, and marketing, environmental services, legal services, medical records and more. Perhaps you could shadow a business worker to learn more about roles and responsibilities. Good luck!

Thank you ! Sakura E.

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