Health of retired workers: survival status and Medicare service use.
McCoy, John L
Date of Pub
Iams, Howard M; Packard, Michael D; Shapiro, Jeffrey
Data from the Social Security Administration's 1982 New Beneficiary Survey and Master Beneficiary Record were matched with
1984 data from the Medicare Automated Data Retrieval System to study the effects of self-reported health on subsequent health
service usage and survival. Proportionately, more new retired workers who reported poorer health in 1982 were decreased by
December 1984. Functionally dependent beneficiaries as determined by the Functional Capacity Limitation Index had death rates
four to five times greater than those who reported no limitations. The health status of retired workers who received Social
Security benefits before age 65 was no better than beneficiaries 65 or over. Decedents were more likely than survivors to
incur Medicare charges, and to have substantially higher median charges--$8,834 compared with $285.
Health Surveys : Treatment Outcome : Age Factors : Aged : Fees and Charges/statistics & numerical data : Female : Health Services
for the Aged/economics/utilization : Health Status : Human : Longitudinal Studies : Male : Medicare/economics/utilization
: Middle Age : Retirement/economics/statistics & numerical data : Sex Factors : Survival Analysis : United States