Dually Noted from around the web

July 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

President Obama advocates for senior health
Speaking at a White House conference on aging, President Obama urged action on senior health care. The president called for curbs on the rising cost of care along with protection for Social Security. In addition, he said that the nation should train more home health care workers.

Confusion about long-term care
An Associated Press (AP)-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study found that many Americans are confused about long-term care costs and coverage. In the study, only 33% of respondents said they are “very or extremely confident” in their ability to pay for ongoing living assistance. Also, about 20% said they did not know if private health insurance covers ongoing nursing home care, and 27% did not know if Medicare covers ongoing nursing home care.

A mental health workforce shortage
Recent studies point to a shortage of mental health workers. The World Health Organization’s Mental Health Atlas 2014 reports that “nearly half of the world’s population lives in a country where there is less than one psychiatrist per 100,000 people.” Also, a study by Merritt Hawkins finds that 48% of US psychiatrists are expected to retire within five years.

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