Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Mental Health of Medicare Beneficiaries: 1995

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Mental Health of Medicare Beneficiaries: 1995

Article excerpt

The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is a powerful tool for analyzing enrollees' access to medical care (Adler, 1994). Based on a stratified random sample, we can derive information about the health care use, expenditure, and financing of Medicare's 36 million enrollees. We can also learn about those enrollees' health status, living arrangements, and access to and satisfaction with care.

In the charts that follow, we present findings on the mental health of beneficiaries who were enrolled in Medicare on January 1, 1995. Survey respondents were asked three questions related to their mental health: "Has a doctor ever told you that you had mental retardation?"; "Has a doctor ever told you that you had Alzheimer's disease or dementia?"; and "Has a doctor ever told you that you had a mental or psychiatric disorder?". Beneficiaries who responded yes to more than one of these questions were only counted once in the charts that follow. Enrollees who responded yes to the question on mental retardation were counted in that group regardless of other reported mental conditions. Enrollees who are not mentally retarded who reported Alzheimer's disease or dementia were counted in that group.

Percent of Medicare Enrollees With Reported Mental Health Conditions: 1995

* Thirteen percent of the 36. …

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