A new Commonwealth Fund survey of older adults 65 and older in 11 countries reveals that, even with Medicare, affordability of care for older Americans is a serious issue. Older adults in the United States struggle more paying for care and are in poorer health than older adults abroad. Almost one in five older adults in the U.S. (19%) said that they had not visited the doctor or filled a prescription because of the cost.
The typical person with Medicare spends $4000 each year on out-of-pocket health care costs that Medicare does not pay for. Older adults in the U.S. also reported a harder time getting primary care and staying out of the emergency room than older adults in every other country except Canada and Sweden. Of equal concern, older adults in the United States reported the highest levels of chronic conditions, with 87% saying that they had at least one chronic condition and 68% saying they had at least two.
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