This study examined Medicare service use and costs of older individuals with and without children using survey data from the National Long Term Care Survey linked to Medicare claims data. The authors considered annual cost and usage data for 17 separate categories of Medicare-reimbursed services, as well as annual costs and outcomes.
Only for 1995 were Medicare costs lower for parents than for childless individuals. In only one service category physician visits for providing long-term care services, either at home or in a nursing home was there a consistent pattern of significantly lower costs among parents.
Report Title: Childless Elderly Beneficiaries' Use and Costs of Medicare Services: Final Report http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2006/childless.htm
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: William Marton, 202-690-6443
Performer: Syracuse University
PIC ID: 8908