US is urged to expand its healthcare workforce to cope with surge in number of elderly people

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:855
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The ageing of the “baby boomer” generation and an increase in life expectancy will almost double the number of Americans aged 65 years or older by 2030. How to pay for the resulting increase in demand for health care is a major concern, says a new report from the US Institute of Medicine released this week at a news conference in Washington, DC.

An often unacknowledged truth, said John Rowe, who chaired the study group that produced the report, is that “even if there is enough money, there isn’t going to be anybody there to provide the care.”

Dr Rowe, a geriatrician, has had an academic career at Harvard and Columbia University medical schools and …

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