Baby boomers and health care

By jessicacoenen

Relief Health Services

According to recent findings of The Commonwealth Fund, well over 60 percent of baby boomers have been diagnosed with at least one chronic health condition. This means that approximately 20 million Americans ages 50 to 64 are living with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

Baby boomers are defined as people born between 1946 and 1964. During these years, the U.S. experienced a high rise in birthrates that had never been seen before, or since then. Today, baby boomers make up approximately 28 percent of the total U.S. population.

Because baby boomers have entered the age bracket where onset of most medical illnesses set in, and because they make up such a significant portion of our population, a certain degree of strain is being placed on health care institutions.

According to The Commonwealth Fund, many Americans ages 50 to 64 find access to adequate health care difficult. Whether their coverage leaves them with a lack of suitable policy options or out-of-pocket expenses, baby boomers commonly struggle to afford health care costs. Out-of-pocket costs for health care and health care insurance premiums are currently taking a large bite out of most peoples' household incomes.

Nearly one quarter of those surveyed by The Commonwealth Fund reported going without necessary medical care because of the cost. Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis said in a news release, "As millions of aging baby boomers demand more from our already strained health system, it is imperative that we move toward a high performance system of health care that is affordable, equitable, safe, efficient, and patient-centered."

As the need for health care increases, and the costs associated with receiving care also rise, people are turning to alternative resources for help. There are a number of excellent non-profit organizations which assist patients in finding the information and medical care they need to manage their health.

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