Baby Boomers Pose Problem for Burdened Health Care System - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/14/08

Baby Boomers Pose Problem for Burdened Health Care System

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The biggest health news Monday is a report from the Institute of Medicine that should wake America up to a problem that's looming for aging Baby Boomers. There's already high turnover and a shortage of health care workers for the elderly and now there are 78 million Baby Boomers on their way toward old age.

Professor Jack Rowe, M.D., of The Columbia University School of Public Health says, "Individuals who are nurse's aides or home health aides, working to take care of the elderly, are required to have fewer hours of training than a dog groomer or cross-walk aides." He adds, "We estimate that we will need 35,000 geriatricians in the United States in 2030. We currently have 7000, and the number is declining."

The Institute of Medicine suggests that all health care workers need more training to keep aging Baby Boomers independent and in their own homes longer. The IOM also says that Congress needs to take a look at what Medicare pays now, because low reimbursements discourage doctors from managing chronic conditions with a care team. 

If you'd like to take a look at the Institute Of Medicine report,  click here

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