More than half of the consumers who participated in an international survey sponsored by AARP, Washington, said they were worried about long term care costs.[@@]
Harris Interactive Inc., Rochester, N.Y., surveyed 4,011 adults between the ages of 30 and 65 between May 9 and June 2. The participants were residents of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Although governments in all 10 countries help cover retiree medical costs, researchers found residents of all countries included in the survey expressed concern about rising health care costs, and participants were especially nervous about the cost of long term care, AARP researchers write in a report on the survey results.
Respondents said they believe government-sponsored health programs will pay for most or all of their health care in retirement. About 47% of the said these programs will pay for most or all of their acute care and long-term health care in retirement, and only 17% said government will play no role in paying for their care.