Health-care system not ready to deal with baby boomers as they get old, expert says at seminar on aging

When it comes to dealing with aging baby boomers, the nation’s health-care system isn’t ready to deal with them, Dr. Gregg Warshaw, left, said at the University of Kentucky‘s Summer Series on Aging in Lexington yesterday. “We’ve made progress,” he said, but “We have a lot more to do, and we are running out of time.” (Photo by Jonathan Palmer)
Warshaw’s figures show “patients with five or more chronic conditions account for about 68 percent of spending on Medicare,” Mike Wynn reports for The Courier-Journal. “Around 141 million people suffered with chronic conditions in 2010, and that number is expected to jump by 30 million in the next two decades.”
The shift from primary-care doctors to specialists is another big, expensive problem that is hurting the quality of health care for seniors, Warshaw argued. Ageism and frustrations over health networks are also challenges. “Like a lot of things in American medicine right now, we know the answers to those questions,” he said. “We just don’t know how to get from here to there.”
Warshaw, who is the director of the Geriatric Medicine Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, was one of more than 350 professionals who attended the seminar, hosted by the UK College of Public Health. (Read more)
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