Silver Book Fact

The typical caregiver is a 46-year-old woman with at least some college experience, providing more than 20 hours of weekly care to her mother. However, nearly 4 in 10 caregivers are men.

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • In 2005, Medicare spending reached $342.0 billion which was a 9.3% increase. Medicare spending increased 10.3% in 2004.  
  • Total U.S. health expenditures reached $2.1 trillion in 2006, which translates to $7,026 per person or 16% of the nation’s GDP.  
  • The hospitalization rate in 2007 was 336 stays per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.  
  • The lowest annual cost for a one-bedroom in an assisted living facility is in North Dakota ($20,714 excluding community fees) and Arkansas ($20,937 excluding community fees).  
  • In 2003, Medicare beneficiaries with excellent health spent $2,845 (16% of their income) on health care.