Half the World’s Elder Population Lacks Long-Term Services

Most will agree with the statement that all people should have equal access to physicians, hospitals, and medical tests in their communities. Yet despite the world’s recognition of health care as a fundamental necessity, not everyone receives proper healthcare.

Recently, The International Labor Organization released findings that more than half of all people 65 and older in the world have no long-term health care. The 46 countries studied account for 80 percent of the world’s population of older people. The study brought to light the lack of protection for elderly people as well as a lack of industry caregivers.

According to the study, more than 300 million older adults require higher-level care and cannot access professional health services when needed. Despite the growing international demand for elderly long-term care, the report revealed that most countries are neglecting to meet their population’s needs with lack of funding and services.

The United States is no exception. The Commonwealth Fund reported that, out of 11 counties surveyed, the American Healthcare system ranked last in comparison. One of the most prevalent concerns revealed by the study was that that Americans over the age of 65 reported that high cost was the main reason they had skipped medical care or treatment. This finding is significant because Medicare is often thought of as free, universal health coverage for elderly Americans. Medicare, which is available to anyone over the age of 65 or to the certified disabled who have worked and paid into the Social Security system, differs from Medicaid.

Medicaid is a federally funded program run by states and local government, which provides medical insurance and long-term care for middle-to low-income persons, including the elderly and disabled. If one is eligible, based on income and resource restrictions, Medicaid will pay for all medical care (including doctors and hospitals), prescriptions, home care, nursing home care and other health care-related expenses. Medicaid is based on income and resource levels, and although anyone can apply, eligibility needs to be approved via an application process.

Many Americans who are eligible for Medicaid are unaware that these services are available to them or do not know how to begin the application process. P&P Medicaid is committed to helping people through this application and document-acquiring process and will appear on your behalf at all interviews with the Department of Social Services (Medicaid). P&P Medicaid utilizes its industry expertise and experience to expedite your application and to maximize the opportunity for success.

For further questions or to speak to a P&P Medicaid representative about Medicaid qualification call (516) 541-4770 or contact us by email.

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