A new study suggests that death rate, hospital stays and medical costs have reduced significantly for senior adults ranging between the years of 1999 and 2013.
Dr Harlan Krumholz, the lead researcher and professor of medicine from Yale University’s School of Medicine, stated that “The declines were steady throughout the study period. The trends are actually pretty jaw-dropping”.
He further added, that him and his co-workers mostly focalize on identifying loopholes in the health care system, so that further advancement and amelioration takes places. But instead what happens is that, it imprints an impression that perhaps US has a deplorable- health care system.
Dr. Krumholz and his squad commenced the study, aiming to find out if national endeavors were aiding in regards to enhancing the quality of health care and public health.
They began studying by examining the Medicare fee-for-service program, as this presented them the maximum data. Statistics dating back to 2013 demonstrated that 71% of Medicare beneficiaries utilized the fee-for-service program.
The United States Government Accountability Office claimed that this program consists of hospitals and doctors who write Medicare bills for whatever medical care and assistance is provided.
Moreover, researchers evaluated the ‘death rate‘ among beneficiaries of other Medicare programs like, Medicare Advantage. Results stated that the downfall was comparable to that of beneficiaries from the Medicare fee-for-service program.
While the study only unravels facts and discoveries, Dr. Krumholz and squad have personal hypothesis. For example a major discovery is that the administration of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and various other chronic health conditions have bolstered up in the recent era.
This theory makes sense as several studies have shown that Americans are becoming super health-conscious over a passage of time, and to the extent where they have started working on healthier lifestyle. Obesity is still not going anywhere, but smoking rates decreased significantly and there’s been an increase in the number of people going to the gym regularly.
Another vital fact is that, it has been observed that Americans are investing a lot of money on healthcare over the course of the study. Louise Sheiner, who is a senior expert in economic studies from the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C, claimed that “We don’t know if we would’ve seen the same changes if we’d spent less on health care”.
Overall, according to the study the death rate decreased from 5.3 percent (5.3%) in 1999 to 4.5 percent (4.5%) in 2013, both in and out of hospitals.
Hospital stay greatly decreased from 35.000 per 100.000 annually to 27.000 per 100.000 annually, inpatient spending on the other hand decreased from $3.300 per head back in 1999 to $2.800 in 2013.
Key holes also said that these results shouldn’t encourage complacency, and:
“The things we’re trying to do to make things better are working,” Krumholz said. “Rather than wave the victory flag, we want to see that trend continue. There’s no reason to take our foot off the pedal.”
The study was published earlier this week, on July 28th, Monday, in the Journal of the American Medical Association.