New Study: Health Care System Not Prepared for Baby Boomers

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

April 15, 2006

The first of the baby boomers are about to turn 65 and a new study shows that the health care system won't be prepared for them.

The report released from the Institute of Medicine says, there aren't enough geriatric specialists and Medicare fails to provide the care that many elderly patients need.

The executive director at the Jefferson Area board of aging says baby boomers will have to rely on themselves for preparedness and not the government.

"My recommendations would be when you're in your 50's and 60's the plan is just not your money needs, but it’s also your social needs, taking care of yourself physically,” said Gordon Walker, Chief Executive Director, JABA.

According to JABA, it's projected that Virginia will have 34% less nurses than we need by the year 2020.

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