Issue Brief

No. 729

Filling the Geriatric Gap: Is the Health System Prepared for an Aging Population?
January 25, 1999


Janet Firshein, Consultant


This issue brief explores the field of geriatrics, the ways practitioners meet the health care needs of the elderly, training gaps, and the impact of Medicare payment policies on the delivery of health care to older Americans.

Related Materials

See also the entry for the related Forum Session.

The Institute of Medicine released a report in April 2008 entitled "Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce."

Related Forum products include Forum sessions on primary care (December 9, 2002) and the physician supply and changing demographics (September 10, 2002), as well as a paper on managing costs and quality when treating advanced illness (Issue Brief No. 779, June 20, 2002).

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