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How do Medicare Beneficiaries with Physical and Sensory Disabilities Feel about Their Health Care?

Edited by Lisa I. Iezzoni, Jane R. Soukup and Suzanne G. Leveille

in Health at Older Ages

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780226132310
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226132327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226132327.003.0015
How do Medicare Beneficiaries with Physical and Sensory Disabilities Feel about Their Health Care?

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This chapter addresses how people with specific sensory and physical impairments perceive various aspects of their health care. The data demonstrates that the vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries with or without disabilities perceive their physicians as competent and well trained, and hold favorable views of their overall quality of care. Interpersonal aspects of care also yielded concerns among persons with major disabilities. Various demographic factors likely affect perceptions of care. It is noted that rates of disability among older individuals fell substantially during the 1990s. Medicare beneficiaries with major sensory and physical disabilities are significantly more likely to be dissatisfied with the care they receive. With growing numbers of Medicare beneficiaries with these functional deficits, considering ways to enhance their health care experiences will become increasingly pressing in coming decades.

Keywords: health care; Medicare beneficiaries; physical disabilities; sensory disabilities; demographic factors; older individuals

Chapter.  6421 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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