Fact Check:Will Increased Longevity Bring Down Medicare? | The Health Care Blog

Just because today’s Medicare beneficiaries live longer than did their predecessors does not necessarily translate into higher costs for the Medicare program. The source of this apparently counterintuitive proposition is the panoply of programmatic limitations that Medicare imposes on its coverages, regarding the myth that Medicare pays for long-term care. More specifically, beneficiaries who live longer typically do incur higher cumulative health care costs over their post-sixty-five lifetimes, but many of those costs are not borne by the Medicare program.

via Fact Check:Will Increased Longevity Bring Down Medicare? | The Health Care Blog.

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