Obamacare Sets Off Nurse Shortage As Hospital Labor Costs Rise

As the second year of medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act fattens hospital bottom lines, these facilities’ are beginning to see higher labor costs from the expense of hiring nurses to treat the influx of newly insured sick patients.

A window into this trend opened this week at the nation’s largest hospital company, HCA Holdings HCA +1.52% (HCA), which said increased patient volume from the health law and an improved economy forced its hospitals to hire more nurses from “contract labor” firms given the need for hundreds of these health professionals at its more than 100 hospitals across the country.

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