Silver Book Fact

In 2003, more than 13.2 million people age 65 and older were discharged from short stay hospitals. This is a rate of 3,679 for every 10,000 people age 65 and older– more than 3 times the comparable rate for people of all ages (which was 1,195 per 10,000).

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Average Out-of-Pocket Spending on Health Care by Medicare Beneficiaries, by Type of Supplemental Coverage, 2003  
  • CBO’s 75-Year Projections for Total National Health Spending  
  • In 2005, a person with 3 or more chronic conditions who was 65 and older and insured through Medicare paid, on average, $2,588 in out-of-pocket medical expenses.  
  • In 2004, Americans with no chronic conditions incurred about $4,700 on average in health care costs. Those with 5 or more chronic conditions incurred $20,300.  
  • In 2006, health care costs for Medicare enrollees age 65 and older were: 25% for inpatient hospital care 16% for prescription drugs 35% for physician/outpatient services 13% for long-term care facilities