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Introduction to Funding Health Care for the Elderly

By Amal Trivedi, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice and Department of Medicine, Brown University

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In the US, health care services for the elderly are funded mainly by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Health Administration, private insurance, and out-of-pocket payments. In addition, many states offer health-related benefits and programs, such as subsidies for transportation, housing, utilities, telephone, and food expenses, as well as help at home and nutrition services. Health care workers should help elderly patients learn about health benefits and programs they are entitled to.