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Pamela Nadash & Edward Alan Miller

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 22: Aging and Health Care Policy (1990s–Present)

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Aging and Health Care Policy (1990s–Present)
Aging and health care policy (1990s–present)
PamelaNadash and Edward AlanMiller

Think about your most recent visit to the doctor's office. Who was in the waiting room? Chances are, it was packed with people age sixty-five and older. This imbalance, reflected in most other health care settings, shows the overwhelming influence of older people on the system. The cost of serving this population has an enormous impact on American politics and public policy, and the specific health care delivery challenges they pose also drive changes in the way services are provided.

Indeed, this trend is only just beginning. The population of people age sixty-five and older in the United States will grow rapidly over the next few decades, according to the U.S. Census. ...

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