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Holiday Pink Slips: Aetna Layoffs and More by charlottegee
December 18, 2008, 1:04 pm
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Yesterday’s news that Aetna is laying off around 1,000 people, or less than 3% of its workforce, coupled with a variety of other cuts in the works (See: Boston Medical to cut staff, services / Hospitals and nursing homes staggered by state budget cuts, Officials expect layoffs, closures / NY Governor’s Budget Slashes School Aid and Health Care Spending / Austin Regional Clinic cuts 60 jobs, closes Rundberg Lane clinic)—brings to question whether health care is indeed recession-resistant, as we so often hear. Or, perhaps it’s just that certain business models/organizational structures/policies are not immune … you know, only the strongest (smartest?) survive.

At any rate, it’s never a good thing to read headlines about layoffs and budget cuts, and it’s especially scary in the health care industry, as it has the potential to affect so many people on such a personal, basic level.

Our eyes are a-watch on 2009 and the changes and challenges and (we hope) good things a new year, a new administration and a new way of looking at health care can bring.


Posted by CharlotteGee


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