Healthy retirees tend to live longer than sick retirees, and that means they face higher total projected health care costs.
Researchers at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College are reporting that conclusion in a new study.
The researchers say the results are what they are because:
- People in good health can expect to live significantly longer, and therefore are at risk of incurring health care costs over more years.
- Many retirees who are now free of chronic disease will succumb to one or more chronic diseases later.