Health stats on elderly veterans

The Agency for Health Care Research & Quality (AHRQ) has released a new statistical brief (#370): Health and Insurance Status, Health Care Use, and Expenditures for Male Veterans, 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population.

HIghlights of the new report include:

  • In 2008, elderly veterans were in better health and had lower rates of activity limitation than elderly non-veterans.
  • A greater percentage of veterans than non-veterans were covered by private insurance.
  • Apart from elderly veterans’ higher average number of ambulatory visits compared to elderly non-veterans, health care use differed little between veterans and non-veterans.
  • The portion of medical expenditures paid by Medicaid was lower for veterans than for non-veterans.

Read the complete report here.

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