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CMW news: Older Americans concerned there are insufficient physicians, nurses to meet future needs

Case Management Weekly, September 16, 2009

More than half (55%) of individuals older than 50 do not think enough physicians or nurses will be available to support their future healthcare needs, according a survey conducted by American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the AMA, and the American Nurses Association (ANA).
Nancy Nielsen, MD, AMA's last president, said during a press conference that the poll is a reminder that the status quo isn't acceptable. “We shouldn't lose sight of that as this debate heats up and the reset button gets pushed. What we want is to build on what works and fix what doesn't work."
The following are other findings from the survey:
  • 97% of respondents thought that being able to choose one's physician was "very important" or "somewhat important."
  • 69% of respondents reported hearing "a lot" about healthcare reform in the media.
  • 42% reported that they—or someone they knew—spent time trying to get an insurer to pay a medical bill.
  • 87% said it was "very important" or "somewhat important" for physicians to receive adequate reimbursement so they could continue to get reimbursed by Medicare.

Source: HealthLeaders Media

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