Silver Book Fact

Quality-of-care scores were found to decline with age. The percentage of recommended care received by individuals age 18-30 was 57.5%, compared to 52.1% for those 65 and older.

Asch S, Kerr E, Keesey J, Adams J, et al. Who Is at Greatest Risk for Receiving Poor-Quality Health Care?. NEJM. 2006; 354: 1147-1156. http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/11/1147

Reference

Title
Who Is at Greatest Risk for Receiving Poor-Quality Health Care?
Publication
NEJM
Publisher
MA Medical Society
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Asch S, Kerr E, Keesey J, Adams J, et al
Pages
1147-1156
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • 5 chronic diseases–heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes–account for more than 2/3 of all deaths.  
  • Average out-of-pocket health care spending tends to increase with age. Medicare beneficiaries age 65-74 spent $2,920 out-of-pocket in 2003, while beneficiaries age 85 and older spent $4,615.  
  • Annual health care costs for Medicare enrollees age 65 and over with no chronic disease was, on average, $5,186.  This number rises to $25,132 for those whith five of more…  
  • Each year, older adults who have 5 or more chronic illnesses visit, on average, 14 different physicians, make 37 physician office visits, and have 50 prescriptions filled.  
  • It is projected that by 2020 the U.S. will spend $685 billion a year in direct medical costs for persons with chronic diseases, and by 2050–$906 billion.