Many middle-income U.S. residents ages 47 to 75 say they are taking to active steps to improve their health, but only about half of those eligible for Medicare checkup benefits are getting the checkups.
Analysts at the Center for a Secure Retirement, an arm of Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Chicago, have reported that finding in a summary of results from a survey of 800 retirees and near retirees with incomes between $25,000 and $75,000. The sample included 400 people who were already ages 65 to 75.
Many near retirees said they are basing decisions about when to retire on when they will be eligible for Medicare, and about 81% of retirees said they are very satisfied or extremely satisfied with their Medicare coverage.
Only 46% of the near retirees — who, in most cases, have private coverage, or no coverage — said they are very or extremely satisfied with their health coverage.