Medicare should offer a long-term-care benefit financed by a premium, according to 80% of 246 healthcare opinion leaders surveyed by the Commonwealth Fund. Some 75% of respondents said there should be tax incentives for buying private long-term-care insurance. The majority, 61%, said government and individuals should share responsibility for funding long-term care. Some 41% favored placing sole or primary responsibility on government, while 26% felt individuals should bear all or most of the cost. Nearly half of respondents believed adult children should absorb some of the burden, and one-third said employers should be expected to contribute. Read the survey results. -- by Jessica Zigmond
Experts favor Medicare long-term-care benefit: survey
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