Wiesbaden - The number of employees in the healthcare sector has continued to rise. As announced on Thursday in Wiesbaden, at the end of 2008 total of 4.6 million people or about every ninth employee in Germany were working in the health care system. That was around 76,000 people or 1.7 percent more than year earlier. Since 2000, the number of employees in the health care system has increased by total of 500,000 or 12.2 percent.
Between 2000 and 2008, there were additional jobs, especially in health care professions and social professions: the number of physiotherapists rose by 74.9 percent or 49,000, the number of medical and dental professionals by 12.3 percent or 68,000 people. In the care of the elderly, the number of nurses grew by 50.3 percent or 122,000.
According to statistics, the increase in employment occurred primarily in outpatient health care facilities, and in particular in practices for non-medical medical professions (plus 115,000 people or 51 percent), in outpatient care facilities (plus 62,000 people or 33.1 percent) and in medical practices (plus 73,000 people or 12.1 percent).
In the inpatient and semi-inpatient sector, the number of staff increased, especially in the care facilities (plus 114,000 people or 24.3 percent). Hospital staff developed quite differently in the period under review; overall, the number of employees fell between 2000 and 2008 by total of 23,000 people or 2.1 percent.
Of the 4.6 million employees in the health care system, 57.9 percent were full-time and 42.1 percent part-time or marginally employed. The number of employees in the health care system, the so-called full-time employees, converted to full working hours, was 3.5 million in 2008 and increased by 57,000 or 1.6 percent compared to the previous year.
Between 2000 and 2008, the number of full-time employees grew by total of 217,000 or 6.6 percent.