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Is Home Health a Solution to Rising Health Costs?

  • By Admin on June 09, 2016
  • Home health care is shown to be not only what Americans want, but it is also less expensive.

    Despite good news in recent weeks about the future of health care spending, a daunting reality remains: The projections may turn out to be true for the next decade, but in the more-distant future, what can be done as Americans get older? “I cannot emphasize enough the budgetary problems facing the U.S.,” warns Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office. “We are on an unsustainable trajectory.”

    Experts from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization say 90 percent of Americans prefer to spend their final time at home. If they don't express this, however, they are more likely to die in a facility instead.

    Home health care can include rehabilitative care after surgery, hospice care and palliative care, which is dedicated to relieving people's physical and emotional symptoms as they face a life-threatening illness. The care options for home care are both social and medical, and can include medication reminders, family notifications, making appointments, arranging transportation and meal preparations. Source: Kimberly Leonard | Staff Writer, US News & World Report, Sept. 30, 2014