Are Medicare Patients Getting Sicker?

Today, Medicare covers more than 48 million people, and that number is growing rapidlybaby boomers are reaching the eligibility age of 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day.1 Medicare patients exhibit a growing prevalence of chronic conditions and risk factors for these conditions, such as obesity. This in turn is leading to a rise in Medicare beneficiaries use of health care services and has implications for resource use and payment policy.