August 25, 2011
In a recent study, Frank Lichtenberg estimates that the nation may have saved as much as $25 billion in total hospital payroll costs just in 2008 thanks to the growth of home-health care during the previous 10 years. He said that "it is a reasonable calculation" that further savings will be realized in the years ahead if the use of home care continues to grow.
The findings have major implications for national health-care policy as the U.S. faces a rapidly growing population of senior citizens whose needs will place increasing strains on the health care system in general, and on hospitals in particular.
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