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Medicare helps protect the elderly against catastrophic medical expenditure risk. Increasing the Eligibility age will expose many to higher costs and financial strain.

Barcellos, Silvia Helena and Jacobson, Mireille (2015) Medicare helps protect the elderly against catastrophic medical expenditure risk. Increasing the Eligibility age will expose many to higher costs and financial strain. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (17 Dec 2015). Blog.

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Abstract

More than half of all lifetime medical expenses are incurred after 65; Medicaid protects seniors from the financial strain which would normally be associated with these costs. In new research, Silvia Helena Barcellos and Mireille Jacobson find that Medicare reduces the fraction of the elderly whose out-of-pocket medical costs exceed their income from 9 to 5 percent, and also reduces recipients’ medically related financial stress by as much as one third. In light of these findings, they argue that recent proposals to increase the Medicare Eligibility age will substantially increase the risk of catastrophic medical expenditures for those who would no longer be covered.

Item Type: Website (Blog)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 12:06
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 12:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75928

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