The Top 10 Health Care Programs For Younger Adults
Health care for people ages 18-64 is a major economic driver in the US, accounting for over 80% of the countrys GDP and generating an estimated $1.3 trillion in economic activity every year.
But for those living in the youngest generations, it is also a huge source of concern.
In a new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University, and the National Institutes of Health looked at the health care options for younger adults.
The researchers found that those aged 18-34 were more likely to receive a hospitalization than those aged 65 and older, with the latter being more likely than the former to get emergency department treatment.
“The findings suggest that a number of factors, including the severity of the illness, may contribute to differences in health outcomes for older adults, such as hospitalization rates and emergency department visits,” the researchers write.
“This is particularly true for those aged 55-64, which are the youngest group in the U.S. (and are particularly vulnerable to infections),” they write.
The study also found that in terms of outcomes, older adults who are enrolled in the Medicaid and Medicare programs were also more likely in terms a hospitalized.
The researchers write that the disparities may be a result of older adults having higher costs, as well as differences in treatment strategies, with many patients opting for intensive care rather than intensive care and other less expensive care options.
The researchers also found disparities in how insurance plans are structured and the number of services they provide for those with higher income levels, with older adults receiving fewer hospitalizations than those with lower income levels.
In total, the study found that the elderly were most likely to have been hospitalized in the past month, with more than 50% of people aged 65-74 being hospitalized.
Of the older adults surveyed, a significant portion of those with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 had been hospitalized in the previous month, while those with income over $100.9 million had been hospitalizations in the preceding 12 months.
Among those surveyed, 63% had had an emergency department visit.
Overall, there were 815 hospitalizations among the younger adults, with an average hospitalization of 5.5 days.
Researchers also noted that those who were uninsured were more than twice as likely to be hospitalized, with 6.4% of those surveyed having a pre-existing medical condition that could be the reason for their hospitalization.
The authors write that although many people may feel more comfortable seeking help for their health care needs, these findings highlight the importance of being aware of how to navigate health care when it comes to older adults.