Next Things First

More on Caregivers by Rob Coppedge
September 18, 2008, 6:59 pm
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This move by CMS has reminded me of a recent conversation with a nurse in Denver who suggest that it would be extremely interesting to adjust the national expenditures on health care delivery for the economic cost of these caregivers. In many cases, these people are leaving the workforce and incurring many other expenses to care for their loved ones.

The role of part and full-time family caregivers is only going to increase as care shifts out of higher cost health care facilities and into the home. As the population of baby boomers wrecks havoc on the health care delivery and finance systems, we need to support this group of informal medical extenders, record keepers and social workers with tax advantages and innovative businesses that makes their jobs easier.

As we get a better handle on the size of this market, I believe the traditional accounting of health care costs will have to be adjusted up significantly.


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