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New Study: Aging Baby Boomers Could Overwhelm U.S. Health Care System by 2017, Unless Decisive Action Is Taken
Date:3/5/2008

ocketing, and the patient population is about to explode. Our nation must bring these disparate factors into alignment in order to preserve the foundation of U.S. health care while adapting to the economic, medical and political conditions of today and tomorrow.

Severe Consequences Projected

As baby boomer-induced health care costs grow, these severe consequences are likely to occur, according to the Tefen study:

-- The problem of uninsured Americans will escalate, as employers seek to

reduce the burden of retiree health care coverage, trim their

contributions to health care premiums and, in some instances, eliminate

the health care benefit entirely.

-- Health care quality will suffer, with wide variation in treatments and

big differences in death rates and surgical complications.

-- Federal spending on Medicare and Medicaid will skyrocket, forcing

politicians to raise taxes or severely curtail a wide range of other

government programs.

-- State budgets will suffer under the crush of soaring Medicaid costs,

compromising support for education and other local initiatives.

-- The nation as a whole will have fewer and fewer dollars to spend on

education, environmental protection, scientific research and national

security.

"Despite what many people think, the solution is not a single-payer system," said Calogero. "While socialized medicine provides some advantages from an access standpoint, it does not address the underlying cost and quality issues that threaten the functional integrity of health care in the U.S. The real solution to America's health care challenges requires three components: implementing tort reforms, mandating the use of best practices and driving systemic process improvement." The Tefen study provides insights and details on each of these three solution elements.

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