CVS Health recently released a report highlighting the health care needs of an aging population, noting that Americans are living longer than ever before.
Almost a fourth of baby boomers, CVS stated, are expected to live past the age of 90. Additionally, the U.S. 65-plus age group is growing faster than the nation’s population. CVS Health conducted a public opinion poll of 2,300 registered voters, including 700 seniors, to attempt to learn about the health care needs for the aging population.
CVS found that 80 percent of respondents, including 88 percent of seniors, maintain responsibility for their health care decisions. CVS also found that cost is a major, ongoing concern for all people. Voters of all age groups reported being at least somewhat worried about their ability to afford health care costs over the next couple of decades. Insurance premiums, unexpected illness or injury, and prescription costs are what these people fear the most. Many people are also concerned about caring for an older relative or loved one.
“Cost is king when choosing a health care provider, but voters also stressed the importance of expertise, convenience and cultural competency,” CVS wrote in its report.