The challenge of health care delivery to the elderly patient with cardiovascular disease. Demographic, epidemiologic, fiscal, and health policy implications.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Old age as our society is experiencing it is a new phenomenon. Never before in history have societies of developed countries enjoyed such longevity of life. In the next several decades the United States will face an unparalleled increase in the absolute number of elderly persons in our population. How will health care professionals, policy-makers, and society in general face the mammoth task of providing quality cardiovascular care for the elderly in an environment of limited financial resources? This article discusses the demographic, fiscal, and health policy implications of our aging society with particular emphasis on existing and anticipated impediments to the delivery of cardiovascular care to this rapidly expanding segment of our population.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Batchelor, WB; Jollis, JG; Friesinger, GC

Published Date

  • February 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - vii

PubMed ID

  • 10093762

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-8651

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0733-8651(05)70053-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands