Labor Economics Nonphysician Clinicians Supply of Medical Services

Food insecurity among health care workers

When you think of health care workers, many think of physicians, nurses and hospital administrators, who often make an above average salary. Not all health care workers, however, are well-paid and many even suffer from food insecurity according to a study by Srinivasan et al. (2021):

Using nationally representative data from the period 2013–18, this study is the first to our knowledge to investigate the prevalence of food insecurity for the health care workforce, an industry that ranges from low-skill, low-wage hourly jobs to highly specialized salaried positions. We found that relative to health diagnosing and treating practitioners, the odds of being food insecure were 5.1 times higher for health care support workers and 2.5 times higher for health technologists and technicians

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