Rising Elderly Population in US to have Huge Impact on Health Care System
On Tuesday, the U. S. Census Bureau released a report on the elderly population in the United States. The rising elderly population will be having huge impact on the health care system.
The elderly population will be twice the current population by 2050. By 2030, 20% of the US population would be above 65 years. There would be 83 million people above 65 years by 2050. The report makes suggestions that the health care system has to improve.
More money should be allocated for the rising medical care requirements. The pressure of ageing baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) on the health care system has started getting evident. In 2012, baby boomers accounted for 24% of the population.
As per the report, by 2030, the number of baby boomers is expected to decline to 60 million. By 2050, the baby boomers will be 2.4 million. Changes would also be seen in the ratio of working Americans to retired individuals over the years.
Changes would also be required in the tax system to adjust according to the increasing cost of health care. A lot many things depend on people and the way they lead life. Adoption of healthy lifestyle means a decline in health care costs and visits to medical facilities.
The government agencies are well aware of the same and henceforth suggest people to lead healthy life and do more physical activity.
"International migration of people 18-64 has helped keep the nation younger, and that trend is expected to continue. The aging population will have implications for health care services and providers, national and local policymakers", affirmed Jennifer Ortman, Head of the Population Projections Branch at the census bureau.
Better health care and advancement in medical science has improved life expectancy rate in the United States.
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