Potential effects of raising Medicare's eligibility age.

  title={Potential effects of raising Medicare's eligibility age.},
  author={Timothy A. Waidmann},
  journal={Health affairs},
  volume={17 2},
Recent fiscal pressures on Medicare and an already enacted increase in Social Security's normal retirement age have generated discussion of raising Medicare's age of entitlement. This DataWatch examines potential impacts of raising Medicare's eligibility age to sixty-seven on public-sector health spending and individual insurance coverage. The proposed increase would affect a substantial fraction of beneficiaries without having a commensurate effect on expenditures, even in the long run. It is… CONTINUE READING