Healthcare experts overwhelmingly support adding a long-term-care benefit to Medicare as part of a comprehensive solution to the coming onslaught of baby boomer retirees, the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Opinion Leaders Survey finds.
The survey of 196 leading experts in academia, healthcare delivery, healthcare-related business and government found that 79% of respondents support such a new benefit, which would be backed by a premium. Such cost-sharing was in line with other results of the poll. Some 55% of respondents said individuals and the government should share long-term-care costs, while only 8% thought such costs should be paid mostly by the government.
Another 64% of respondents favored providing tax incentives for individuals to purchase private long-term-care insurance, and 63% backed transferring the responsibility for Medicaid long-term care from the states to the federal government. Respondents also broadly agreed that ensuring adequate financing and a workforce able to meet the needs of the nations aging population were at the top of the list of long-term-care policy challenges.