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Health Care at an Advanced Age: Myths and Misconceptions

Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD
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Center for Aging and Health; School of Medicine and Health Sciences; George Washington University; Washington, DC 20009

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1994;121(2):146-147. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-121-2-199407150-00014
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The rapid growth of America's older population that looms on the demographic horizon is by now a familiar concept. People aged 65 years and older, who today constitute about 12% of the U.S. population, will make up about 20% by the year 2020. The actual numbers are expected to double. This demographic shift comes at a time when an equally dramatic economic trend has claimed the nation's attention: the seemingly inexorable increase in health care costs as a percentage of the gross national product.

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