Cost Of Elderly Health Care
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The average cost of elderly health care is around $5,531 each year. Often family members need to miss work so that they can stay at home and look after the elderly. If this leads to loss of income then things can get even worse, since apart from providing hands-on care, there are a number of expenses that need to met, like medicines, doctors’ fees, food and medical equipments, like wheelchairs and toilet seat raisers.
The cost of taking care of an elderly is rising and families are getting little help from the government to face these spiraling expenditures. In order to take care of ailing elders, family members have to cut down on their spending and the stress is not doing them any good either. Since Medicare programs give only nominal financial assistance, caregivers are often faced with huge bills, since elders have special needs and most expenses incurred are not covered in their health coverage. There are a few programs that are most suitable for senior citizens but they must be in effect before the person turns 65. Against a monthly premium payable every month, these programs cover everything from hospital costs to doctor’s visits. One can buy such coverage after 65 years of age too, but then the premiums would work out to be mush more expensive.
Private insurance coverage usually extends full coverage for the use of prescription drugs, and hence those who do not enjoy such coverage are often faced with huge costs. With the rising costs of medicines, often senior citizens are faced with a huge dilemma when it comes to buying medications essential for their wellbeing.
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