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An Exploration of the Baby Boomer Crisis

Gutterman, Lauren (2021) An Exploration of the Baby Boomer Crisis. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The baby boomer demographic, approximately 74 million Americans, will be eligible to enroll in Medicare by 2030. This large older adult population is expected to place high demand on the already strained United States healthcare system. With more chronic conditions and higher rates of disability the impact of this impending crisis will be both complicated and costly. Hospital capacity has been decreasing in recent years in contrast to the increase in technology advancements in healthcare. Supporting baby boomers’ independence will be a crucial part of the overall solution. The personnel shortage must also be addressed when considering the supply side of the equation. Above all, the effect on Medicare must be explored as costs are expected to increase and the program’s strength will be impacted due to the large beneficiary increase.

This paper examines various perspectives and subtopics that affect the problem. A multipronged approach will be needed to find innovative solutions to support the health and wellness of older adults. Healthcare industry leaders, public health experts, and policymakers need to create a strategy to confront the upcoming challenge or baby boomers are not going to receive the quality care they have come to expect. The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the changing healthcare landscape and the consequences of it will also need to be carefully considered when contemplating solutions. Overall, this complex issue is going need all hands-on deck to ensure a healthy future for this adult population and the healthcare system.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gutterman, Laurenleg60@pitt.eduleg60
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBroom, Kevinkevinbroom@pitt.edukevinbroomUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPaone, Suzzanespaone@pitt.eduspaoneUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFriede, Samuelfriede@pitt.edufriedeUNSPECIFIED
Date: 10 May 2021
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 40
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: baby boomer; crisis; Medicare
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 20:53
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 20:53


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