ERIC Number: ED262319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
America's Elderly at Risk. A Report Presented by the Chairman of the Select Committee on Aging. House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.
This report examines the health risks and related financial risks faced by America's elderly. Documentation of the elderly's increased financial risk is presented which is based on data from a case study of the elderly in Massachusetts and on an analysis of the elderly's out-of-pocket health care costs using data from the Health Care Financing Administration. After an executive summary of the report, chapter I provides an introduction to the health and financial risks faced by the elderly. Chapter II includes data on the growing numbers of elderly with increasing chronic care needs. The elderly's inaccessibility to quality care caused by the current emphasis on health care cost containment and the lack of available protection against rising health care costs are considered. Chapter III presents data on the elderly's increasing out-of-pocket costs. Chapter IV looks at those elderly persons at highest financial risk and documents the extent of financial risk associated with chronic illness. Chapter V calls for Congressional action to reduce the elderly's risk by limiting their out-of-pocket costs to 15 percent of income and by implementing a coherent policy for long-term care that will protect the elderly from impoverishment when faced with chronic illnesses. Appendices contain an analysis of elderly's out-of-pocket health care costs and a description of the Massachusetts study's methodology. (RNB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts