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More boomers postpone health care

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Paul Briand writes at “as national policy makers continue to debate the future of health care in this country, for some Baby Boomers it can’t come fast enough.” They’re postponing health care at a greater rate than other age groups because of the cost.

According to Thomson Reuters 54.7 percent of postponed services were for physician visits, followed by:

  • Imaging (8 percent)
  • Non-elective procedures (6.3 percent)
  • Lab or diagnostic tests (5.7 percent)

“Baby Boomers are in a not-so-sweet spot of vulnerability. As they are dropping out of the workforce — either by choice (early retirement) or by force (layoffs). Those who are unemployed, according to labor statistics, are unemployed longer, finding this a difficult job market to re-enter. In the meantime, they are having trouble finding affordable health care. And they’re too young to qualify for Medicare.”