Alzheimer’s Effect on Health Care Costs

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Apr 09, 2009 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

According to the Alzheimers Associations 2009 Alzheimers Disease Facts and Figures, individuals with Alzheimers or other dementia have health care costs that are three times higher than other people age 65 and older.

People with Alzheimers rely heavily on hospital, nursing home and other health and long-term care services, meaning high costs for Medicare, Medicaid and millions of families.

Most people with Alzheimers also have one or more additional serious medical conditions. Alzheimers complicates how these other medical conditions are treated, which drives up costs.

According to the Facts & Figures 2006 report, Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes plus Alzheimers or another dementia had 64% more hospital stays than those with diabetes and no Alzheimers, and their average per person Medicare costs were $20,655 compared to $12,979 for beneficiaries with diabetes but no Alzheimers or dementia.

Family members provide in-home care for about 70% of people with Alzheimers, according to the story. Nearly 10 million caregivers provided 8.5 billion of unpaid care valued at $94 billion.

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