Source: Modern Healthcare, July 18, 2008
Healthcare experts overwhelmingly support adding a long-term-care benefit to Medicare as part of a comprehensive solution to the coming onslaught of baby boomer retirees, the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Opinion Leaders Survey finds.
The survey of 196 leading experts in academia, healthcare delivery, healthcare-related business and government found that 79% of respondents support such a new benefit, which would be backed by a premium. Such cost-sharing was in line with other results of the poll. Some 55% of respondents said individuals and the government should share long-term-care costs, while only 8% thought such costs should be paid mostly by the government.