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|End-of-Life Care: The Struggle to Provide Quality Care while Containing Costs|
Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization
Dec. 19, 2005
Excerpt: As the baby boomer generation ages and approaches Medicare eligibility, new importance has been placed on the care provided to individuals at the end of life. During the final year of life, Medicare beneficiaries average nearly four major illnesses, while the average for surviving Medicare beneficiaries is only slightly more than one in a typical year. The additional illnesses help to account for the sharp increase in medical spending in the last year of life.
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