Healthcare Use and Expenditures Among Rural and Urban Medicare Beneficiaries Aged 85 and Over

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September 2018
Project completed:
November 2022

Individuals age 85 and older are expanding faster than any other age group and have substantially higher per capita personal healthcare spending and out-of-pocket costs (e.g. deductibles and co-insurance) compared with younger Medicare beneficiaries. In light of previous research indicating that rural older adults ages 85+ are highly susceptible to the high out-of-pocket costs and healthcare expenditures associated with nursing homes and other institutional services, this study examined rural-urban differences in the use and cost of care among Medicare beneficiaries age 85 and older.