Researchers in Washington say the healthcare system is not prepared for a crush of 78 million baby boomers who begin turning 65 in 2011 and will require care. According to the report from a committee of the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. healthcare system does not have enough specialists in geriatric medicine, currently underpays available specialists, and does not offer sufficient training. The report also notes team care that elderly patients need is not provided by Medicare. The study concludes Medicare could hinder seniors from getting high-quality care because of its low reimbursement rates.
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