ANCHOR LEAD: MEDICARE BENEFITS CAN REALLY HELP, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Medicare is going bankrupt. That’s one dire warning we’ve all heard, along with the predicted demise of Social Security. But a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that when people who can’t afford healthcare become eligible for Medicare, their health improves, and they cost the system less.
BBELLANTONI: I hope that our elected leaders look at these types of data and say, health benefits occur when preventive health care is accessible, and one of the barriers to access is cost, which shows that when individuals who have chronic medical conditions, have financial resources, prevention and early treatment take place. And this was in a cohort of individuals who have poorer than average health status. :27
Bellantoni emphasizes that we all ultimately pay for Medicare but presidential hopefuls aren’t talking about it. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.