Online Buzz: The Doctor Is Out
As America’s 77 million baby boomers head into their senior years, it’s getting harder to find geriatricians, the doctors who specialize in treating elderly people. Nationwide, only 7,200 certified geriatricians practice today (20 percent less than in 1996), and the American Geriatric Society estimates more than three times that many will be needed in the next decade.
What’s troublesome is that geriatricians spend more time working to follow up on patients and coordinate family and home healthcare with multiple providers, yet make less income than a general practitioner. Medicare doesn’t always cover geriatric care or incentivize geriatric practice either, spending less than .05 percent of its dollars training physicians to care for the elderly.
That means seniors and those needing at home care need to more actively engage a good geriatrician or get more from every doctor visit with a medical team.
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